Teen To Be Tried As Adult For Murder Of Mother
(Memphis) A 14-year-old accused of setting a fire that killed his mother will be tried as an adult.
Investigators say Jonathan Ray admitted to starting a fire in his home after he and his mother got into a fight the night before.
He is being transferred from juvenile detention to the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center.
Firefighters were not able to get to 45-year-old Gwendolyn Wallace in time.
special Judge Dan Michael called this a, “difficult decision” and said Ray’s “history is troublesome.”
Ray’s admission has been thrown out by the judge to Miranda rights violations.
That could change in criminal court.
“There is another opportunity to be heard on the confession, if in fact they wish to contest it, “ said prosecutor Dan Byer.
Ray is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson.
His family declined to speak about the case today.
Ray was reportedly upset his mother grounded him.
Ray reportedly waited until the rest of his family left before setting the fire.