Firewood spat may have preceded mom's killing

A ten-year old boy sits with his legs in irons in a courtroom Monday in Millersburg, Ohio.
A ten-year old boy sits with his legs in irons in a courtroom Monday in Millersburg, Ohio.Tony Dejak / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The uncle of a 10-year-old boy suspected in his mother's shooting death says the boy had argued with her beforehand about whether to carry firewood into the home.

The boy has been charged with murder as a juvenile and entered the equivalent of a not guilty plea in court. His mother, 46-year-old Deborah McVay, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head Sunday in rural Big Prairie, located about midway between Cleveland and Columbus.

McVay's brother, 40-year-old Tony Miller of Louisville, Kentucky, said Tuesday his nephew has "anger issues" and that he argued with his mother because he didn't want to bring in the firewood.

Miller says four guns found in the boy's bedroom once belonged to the child's grandfather, but were given to him by his father.