Teen Indicted For Murder of Mother And Arson

Jonathan Ray Wallace

(Memphis) A 15-year-old accused of setting a fire that killed his mother has been indicted for first-degree murder and arson.

Jonathan Ray was 14 when the fire killed his mother, Gwendolyn Wallace, in April.

His is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and first-degree murder during the preparation of aggravated arson, both of which carry sentences of up to life in prison without parole.

Investigators say Ray admitted to starting a fire in his home after he and his mother got into a fight the night before.

The confession was thrown out by a judge because the teen was never read his Miranda rights.

Investigators told Ray his step-father had given permission for them to talk with him, but the stepfather was not in the room with Ray as he was questioned.

Officers told him to go ahead and sign the Miranda.

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