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Florida teen accused in grandmother's murder gets short delay in extradition

Logan Mott, the Florida 15-year-old accused of shooting and stabbing his grandmother last week before fleeing north, will spend at least a few more days in Buffalo before returning home to face a murder charge.

In an extradition appearance in State Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, Mott's attorney, Dominic Saraceno, asked Justice Russell P. Buscaglia for a 48-hour delay to discuss the options with his client.

Mott can either waive opposition to returning to Florida or request an extradition hearing to prove he is the suspect sought in the warrant. Mott is charged with murdering his grandmother, Kristina French, 53, whose body was found last week in a shallow grave behind a home in Jacksonville, Fla., suburb.

A day earlier, the teen and his grandmother had been the subject of a missing persons search when they failed to pick up Mott's father and girlfriend at the airport before Thanksgiving. The father, a lieutenant with Jacksonville police, found that his house had been ransacked and his guns were missing.

French's body was found the next day and the focus turned to finding Logan Mott, who was considered "armed and dangerous."

Mott was picked up Friday in Buffalo by border officers when he did a U-turn while crossing the Peace Bridge. He was held on a theft charge from Florida for having his grandmother's car, a 2015 Dodge Dart.

A warrant charging Logan Mott with murder was added Tuesday.

At Wednesday's court appearance, Assistant District Attorney Danielle D'Abate revealed for the first time publicly how French was killed.

"Mr. Mott has been accused of violently murdering his grandmother," D'Abate said. "She was killed by a gunshot wound as well as multiple stab wounds."

A gun that may be the murder weapon and two other firearms stolen from the father's house were found in Mott's car, D'Abate said.

Investigators also found a knife with what appeared to be blood on it.

The violence of the attack is at odds with what people who know Mott in Florida have said about him, with fellow students telling Florida news media that Mott was quiet and didn't stand out.

Saraceno told a Florida TV station, "He has zero criminal history, well-liked by his peers, good grades. Nothing to suggest he would be capable of any kind of violence."

Saraceno also said after court on Wednesday that Mott's mother is devastated by the situation and is "confidant her child could not be responsible for his grandmother's death."

The judge ordered Mott to remain in custody until he returns to court Friday.

Florida teen detained at Buffalo border after grandma found in shallow grave

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