Kristina French and Logan Mott

Teen accused of murdering his own grandmother pleads not guilty [UPDATE]

A Florida teenager accused of shooting and stabbing his own grandmother to death, then fleeing in her car, has officially pleaded not guilty, as reported by News4Jax.

Logan Mott, 15, has been charged with second-degree murder, among other crimes, in the November death of Kristina French, 53. Police alleged that Mott stabbed and shot French to death before burying her in a shallow grave in her backyard. Cops also said he stole her car and attempted to flee the border to Canada. He was caught in Buffalo, New York, after taking a wrong turn near a bridge, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.

The not guilty plea means that a trial will move forward, with court officials stating that it will get underway on May 1. In the meantime, a judge has granted members of the prosecution the rights to gather DNA samples as part of their evidence-collection process.

Mott will be represented by a Dominic Saraceno, an attorney who is taking his case pro bono.

“He [Saraceno] had developed a strong relationship with the child in the extradition process up in New York,” Public Defender Charlie Cofer said. “Felt committed to see it through.”

The teen’s father, Eric Mott, is a Jacksonville Sheriff’s corrections officer. He has reportedly told a judge that several guns disappeared from his home before the death of French. Incidentally, Eric is employed at the same prison where Logan is being held, with the 15-year-old being treated by the state as an adult, due to the severity of the crime.

[Feature Photo: Logan Mott and Kristina French/Facebook]