[UPDATE] Cyclists Find Two Burning Bodies in Orlando, Arrests Made

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

(CBS/WKMG/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - May 14, 2012 -

Authorities say two men have been charged with murder in the killings of two teenagers whose bodies were found engulfed in flames along a central Florida trail. The Orlando Sentinel says 30-year-old Jesse Brandon Davis and 31-year-old Hector Manuel Rodriguez have been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the deaths of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart in April.

Pictures: Bodies found burning ID'd as Fla. H.S. students

Davis and Rodriguez made their first appearance before a judge on Saturday. Both men were charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping. They were also denied bail.

Sheriff Jerry Demings said the high school students met the two men intending to sell them two stolen handguns. But he says the teens were robbed and shot with at least one of the stolen guns.

The teens' bodies were later discovered by a passerby on a charred patch of grass along a popular town trail near Full Sail University.

Officials told CBS affiliate WKMG that Nicholas is the son of Bernie Presha, an investigator for the state attorney's office and longtime former Orange County sheriff's deputy. The teens, who were best friends, attended Winter Park High School in the Orlando area.

Davis was arrested last month on unrelated charges. Rodriguez was arrested on Friday.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- April 18, 2012 -

Authorities have identified two bodies found burned this past weekend near a popular running trail in a suburb of Orlando as students from a local high school.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday that the bodies were identified by the medical examiner as Winter Park High School students, 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart.

Detectives are calling the deaths a homicide, but not releasing any other information. Investigators have been at the scene since receiving a 911 call Sunday morning reporting a small fire burning near a storage shed.

The families of the victims were notified Wednesday morning, and grief counselors are currently on hand at the high school for any students who want to talk with them.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- April 15, 2012

Authorities say two bicyclists on an early-morning ride in central Florida found two burning bodies along their trail.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Capt. Angelo Nieves says the bicyclists reported their grisly find around 6:41 a.m. Sunday. The bodies were left in a wooded area near some apartments.

Nieves tells the Orland Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/HISMoT ) that the bodies will be turned over to the medical examiner's office for autopsies after investigators finish processing the scene.

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