A 10-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his stepmother.
The boy, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested and charged a month after Shavonne Willis, 36, was killed, Cleveland police said Friday.
At first, police believed the boy was a victim. But Willis' family assembled evidence, including text messages, that reportedly showed the boy had something to do with the shooting and presented it to detectives, according to WEWS-TV, prompting his arrest.
"She was a wonderful woman," Shavonne's cousin, T'osha Willis, told the local station.
Willis was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Sept. 26. Police initially sought a suspect in his mid-30s before Willis' stepson was taken into custody.
The boy is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 5. He has not yet entered a plea.