New documents have been released in the brutal killing of two Winter Park High School students.
Information provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office reveals that 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart were shot, execution style, before their bodies were burned with gasoline along the Cady Way Trail. The two were discovered on the morning of April 15.
According to witness statements, both teens had been seen hours earlier with the two suspects in the murder case, 30-year-oldJesse Brandon Davis and 31-year-old Hector Manuel Rodriguez, at a nearby Steak 'n Shake restaurant. Davis has a lengthy criminal record and had been deemed a public threat with a history of violence and mental health issues.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference last month that the teens essentially got mixed up with the wrong people and were killed after attempting to sell stolen guns to Davis and Rodriguez.
Interviews with friends and acquaintances of the victims reveal that the two teens were known for "car hopping," or burglarizing unlocked cars. Witnesses also said the two teens were known to ask others to purchase alcohol for them.
Detectives spoke with a witness who was in the home of Jesse Davis on the night of the killings. Angela Patterson said she saw the two boys naked and bound in the living room. Authorities learned that the two had complied when they were told to strip down and get on the ground, their hands tied behind their backs and their eyes covered.
Patterson said Rodriguez punched Stewart in the mouth and then, to ease the pain, the teen was given cocaine and prescription medication Xanax. As the night progressed, Stewart was shot once with a large caliber gun, while Presha was shot multiple times with a smaller caliber weapon, according to investigators.
Authorities said Davis and Rodriguez dumped the bodies along the Cady Way Trail. On the morning that the bodies were discovered, investigators said they also found three shoes, a belt buckle and other items belonging to the victims which were burning in the dumpster of an adjacent apartment complex.
Both Davis and Rodriguez face first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. The two are being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.