Yesterday we told you about Joshua Smith, a 14-year-old Detroit boy who is accused of brutally murdering his mother while she slept.

Although Smith’s uncle, LaShaun Roberts, initially said he brutally murdered his mother because she was trying to keep him out of a gang, in an interview with a local news affilate, he has softened his tone.

“His mother was real sick and she called him every time she needed something,” Roberts, the victim’s brother explain. “He was tired of that.”

Roberts also told reporters that his nephew was in ROTC and on the swim team, but had also been trying to get into a gang and was dabbling in drugs.

Police allege Smith broke into a room containing his stepfather shotgun and shot his mother multiple times while she slept on the couch. Smith’s 5-year-old sister and stepfather had to jump through a window to escape the gunfire.

Although it seems like a case of a good boy gone bad, Smith’s cousin says he was not a killer.

“Everything everybody’s been talking about — he was joy riding, he was smoking, he was in a gang — you all are lying. He’s been with me,” Ceilcia Smith, the boys cousin, told Detroit’s Fox News.

Despite the brutal nature of the murder, Roberts said he is still standing by his nephew.

“I just want to let him know that, hey, I still got his back. I’m still going to represent him and help him in any way I can,” he said.

Joshua Smith is being held in a juvenile facility while prosecutors decide whether or not to charge him as an adult.

What do you think? Should Joshua Smith be charged as an adult? Would you be able to support him if he was your family member? Sound off! 

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