Mother of Teen Charged With Grant HS Student Killing Speaks Out

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SACRAMENTO -- It's been a long three months for JJ Clavo's family and for Keymontae Lindsey's family.

Lindsey has been in custody since Nov. 14, 2015, the day after JJ Clavo was murdered. The suspect's mom tells FOX40 she's upset her son, who she claims hasn't been in trouble in the past, is being labeled as a murderer.

"When I first heard it, I cried, because I thought about my little brother," said Regjuan Lindsey, Keymontae's brother.

The teen is sitting behind bars, charged with the November shooting death of the Grant Union High School football player, but Lindsey's family said Sacramento Police have the wrong person.

"They might have suspicions of him but nothing factual," said Lindsey's mom Ranika Moore.

Lindsey will be tried as an adult and is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, shooting into an occupied car and gang enhancements. Moore said that's not her son.

"He has no gang affiliation he deals with people from all walks of life," she said.

JJ's mom Nicole Clavo said Moore has the right to defend her son. The two moms are dealing with their own struggles, but they still support each other. Clavo said she's praying for Lindsey's family, while Moore said she has Clavo in her thoughts.

"It's sad in both situations. My heart goes out to her," Moore said.

Moore said she found out her son was being charged with murder when he called her on Thursday. She said police didn't notify her, however, spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department Traci Trapani said investigators are required to notify families of minors when arrests are being made.

Sacramento Police said they found the murder weapon in a car Lindsey was driving the day after Clavo's murder. Moore said her son's fingerprints weren't on the gun.

The department said they can't comment on evidence as this is an on going investigation and other arrests are expected to be made.

Lindsey will be in court on Monday.