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Prosecutors: bloody knife found in car teen used to drive across country after grandmother's murder

Posted at 10:14 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 18:10:30-05

The case against a Florida teen charged with his grandmother's murder has been adjourned until Friday, following an appearance in New York State Supreme Court in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday morning.

The Jacksonville teen is accused of killing 53-year-old Kristina French and driving her vehicle to Buffalo. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Mott's father's backyard.

"We're talking about a 15-year-old boy being charged with the most serious charge in the penal code. We have to do our due diligence and follow the proper procedures and make sure everything has been properly done on the FL side," explained Mott's attorney, Dominic Saraceno on his application for an adjournment. "He has his reasons and I don't want to get into his personal reasons why he wants more time to think about it at this point.

"These proceedings that occurring up here have nothing to do with his guilt or innocence. So, there's no benefit legally to game the system up here regarding the hearing. All it is doing is delaying the inevitable," said Erie County District Attorney, John Flynn. 

Prosecutors also detailed some of the evidence collected against 15-year-old Logan Mott. Prosecutors said French was shot once and stabbed multiple times.

Mott and French were initially reported missing on Friday, November 27 when they failed to pick up Mott's father from the airport in Jacksonville. Late that night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped Mott in Buffalo, after he made a U-turn at the Peace Bridge. Mott was taken into custody, at the time as a person of interest in his grandmother's death. Investigators believe he illegally drove from Jacksonville to Florida with only a learner's permit.

An arrest warrant on the murder charge in connection to French's death was issued Tuesday afternoon.

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said agents at the border found three stolen weapons, including one believed to be the murder weapon, in the vehicle Mott was driving. They said they also found a bloody knife.

Mott is being held in Buffalo until his next court appearance on Friday.