Teen told deputies he killed mom accidentally

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Jonathan Rowles, middle,  gets ready for his juvenile case at the Collier County Courthouse on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. Rowles is accused of shooting and killing his mother, Kelly Ann Rowles, 39, inside their residence at 9288 Grassy Way.

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William DeShazer/Staff Jonathan Rowles, middle, gets ready for his juvenile case at the Collier County Courthouse on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. Rowles is accused of shooting and killing his mother, Kelly Ann Rowles, 39, inside their residence at 9288 Grassy Way.

In an August 2010 interview with police immediately after the shooting death of his mother, then-13-year-old East Naples teen Jonathan Rowles said he accidentally shot her while practicing rifle spinning.

During the interview, part of which was played Thursday morning during a hearing to suppress statements Rowles made to police, Rowles said he took a gun from his father's cabinet to practice imitating military members.

Rowles, now 15, is charged as a juvenile with manslaughter in the death of his mother Kelly, 39.

Rowles said at least twice during interviews after the shooting that his mother's death was an accident. He initially told investigators an intruder shot and killed his mother, but later admitted to lying.

Sheriff's officials have called the shooting accidental, but the State Attorney's Office filed charges. A sheriff's spokeswoman said in 2010 the charges stemmed from negligence on Rowles' part.

The hearing resumes this afternoon, with about an hour remaining of the interview with Rowles.

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