Cady Way murders: Man admits killing in newly released recording

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Jesse Davis describes Cady Way killings in newly released recording

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Jesse Davis, who is serving life in prison for the double murder of two Winter Park High School students, coldly admitted to the teens' killings in a statement to investigators, newly released recordings reveal.

Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18, were fatally shot and their bodies burned along the Cady Way Trail in Orange County in April.

In the recordings released Wednesday, Davis describes to investigators in chilling detail how he planned to rob and murder the teens, who had met Davis and co-defendant Hector Rodriguez to sell them a stolen gun.

"They got out of the car. Then I shot the first one. It was the white kid. I shot him. One time only," Davis tells an investigator in the recording. "And then I shot the black kid with the .22."

The charred bodies of Presha and Stewart were found by cyclists along the Cady Way Trail. The scene was so gruesome that a passerby who called 911 wasn't sure whether it was real, telling a dispatcher it might be mannequins that were on fire.

"Why you getting gas?" a detective asks Davis in the recording.

"Because I knew I was going to set them on fire."

"Why would you want to set them on fire?"

"Because I knew I was going to kill them."

Davis was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murders in early November. During a July hearing, prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty should Davis and Rodriguez be convicted of murder.

Rodriguez is scheduled to go on trial early next year.

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