[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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  • by DELUMP Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    This is so sad. My heart goes out to the parents of these two young men. More lives have been ruined and for what reason? This world is turning into such a sad sad place to live in. People we MUST do better.
  • by Pete North Location: Crime Hills on May 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    a couple of geeks who thought it would be cool to get into the drug scene as a lot of idiot kids do these days, and got in it way over their heads. Say NO to snorting crack!
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to Pete North
      Even crackheads don't snort crack...
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    Eye for Eye, Tooth for a Tooth....Do the same to them BURN THEM!!!!!!!!!
  • by I wonder on May 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    I wonder where the rest of this story is . . . . 'can ~anyone~ actually believe this as presented? I just don't see how.
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to I wonder
      why, what doesn't seem plausable to you?
  • by Message to parents Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    Parents, communicate with your kids and know what they are up to. You could have loaned or gave them money instead of them selling themselves out. Stolen hand gun sale gone bad spells horrible parenting for the weapon dealer boys murdered and the 2 who killed them. Be thankful no one else was killed in the crossfire. Their crime will most likely hurt Visit Florida First summer tourist season when these thug criminal transactions take place on OUR clean Florida nature trails.
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to Message to parents
      why would it hurt tourism? Murders happen everyday.
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Message to parents
      Gosh, this is so helpful. Not.
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      by SICK on May 14, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to Message to parents
      What about this story says horrible parenting? Apparently you don't have and are not raising kids. No matter how much parents communicate or police their kids there is no way you're going to know what they are doing every minute, hour of the day. For you to post a comment blaming the parents who I'm sure has gone over this in their minds a thousand times, beating themselves up over such a tragic loss it's like pouring salt in an open wound. So what this wouldn't be the 1st time visit Florida has had a bad season and the way the economy is today more then likely it's already a BUST!! I Pray you don't have to raise any kids and suffer a tragic loss as these parents have endured and someone comments saying you're a horrible parent..... Come on WCTV this is the type of comment that has a petition circulating about this site, where and when does it end?
  • by Momx3 Location: Florida on May 14, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    Keep your teenage boys at home or at least close to you. It appears somebody is trying to get rid of them no matter what race they are.
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Momx3
      they helped rid of themselves. They were criminals and were dealing with other criminals. Sadly, their fate often follows criminals. We don't need to keep our boys close to us. We need to teach them to think about the company they keep, think about the choices they make. If they choose to live in the criminal world then they might die as a direct result of that choice.
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        by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to anon
        And if they choose to not live in the criminal world they might die. Here is a clue for you -- if your local drug lords do not like you, NOBODY WILL LIKE YOU AND NOBODY WILL HELP YOU.
  • by Jane on May 14, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    It is truly horrifying to know that there are people capable of such atrocities in this world. These poor boys were just children! Prayers coming your way to the family and friends of these young men.
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to Jane
      Apparently these "children" were selling stolen handguns to hardcore criminals. I do not think this incident can be blamed on Sam Colt, Oliver Winchester or even the dreaded NRA. As to "atrocities", such incidents were commonplace in the world as it existed prior to the invention of firearms -- which invention was followed by all the concepts of compassion and rights you hold dear becoming viable social concepts embodied in law...
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Jane
      You must have been horrified for years. People have been doing these kind of things for thousands of years. These "children" were 16 and 18. I wouldn't characterize them as children. Teens is a more appropriate term. Not little children who have no clue as to what they are doing, and yet not mature enough to fully know the full extent of their actions.
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        by Jane on May 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM in reply to
        No one deserves to die and be set on fire, thank you. And who said anything about blaming guns? I am wholeheartedly for the NRA so don't rush to judgment regarding my beliefs. When you are under 18, you are considered a child. I never said they didn't know what they were doing but I'm glad you think people should be killed. It doesn't matter how many thousands of years it has been going on. It disgusts and horrifies me every time. I'm glad you are not bothered by these incidents.
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          by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to Jane
          Sorry, but I cannot stay constantly horrified. I have to function...
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          by Jane on May 15, 2012 at 06:39 AM in reply to Jane
          Ugh. Give it up.
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to Jane
      they were not children. They were teenagers who knew they were doing wrong. They paid for their stupidity. Not justifying it, but most likely if they weren't being criminals and hanging around other criminals they would be sitting in a classroom today were they belonged. Yes, they were criminals and they died as most criminals do. Very sad indeed and my thoughts to their families during this unbearable time.
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        by Jane on May 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM in reply to anon
        Teenagers are children. Go find somewhere else to argue with every little thing. You must have a sad and miserable life. See my initial response above. I never said they were innocent but they were still human beings so let's just keep arguing about using the terms children vs. teenagers. I mean, of course that's the most important thing right now.
  • by Bobby on May 14, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    Sounds like another vignette from the 2005 film "American Gun."
  • by riisey007 Location: United States on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of these 2 young men, may God bless and keep you all. There were murders and poverty before this president, I am sorry to tell you ignorant people that. Seeing how you took the time out to post a comment and not even squeeze in a condolence just let's all of us know how you live your life. This is another excuse for you to keep the racial tension up. You wish death on anybody that you don't like and that is horrid in itself, not to mention that this was said on an article about the death of 2 young men.
  • by DC Location: Orlando on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    This list is supposed to be comments regarding the murder of two high school kids. Instead the moronic right wing fundamentalist nut jobs have turned it into another 2-1/2 ringed circus. You guys should just keep looking for the emperor's new weapons of mass destruction and leave the social issues to the people who are intelligent enough to know your BS when they hear it. I'm voting for Obama again regardless of the incompetent fool the nut job right stands up. Romney! Now there's a winner! Someone who believes in magic underwear. Let's find these gang thugs or right-wing conservative nut jobs who murdered these boys and burn them alive at the stake. Since the gov violates our Constitutional rights every day why not just ignore the one on cruel or unusual punishment this time because it would be fitting.
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      by Jane on May 14, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to DC
      Believe me, there are plenty of nut jobs on both sides. I don't have time to go through the comments now to see what you are referring to but I've seen plenty of ridiculous comments before coming from radicals of both parties. As far as re-electing Obama, I don't really know what to say other than perhaps you are a masochist.
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 09:49 AM in reply to DC
      Please! oh please Mr. intelligent one...Please enlighten all us morons how you know that the two suspects are right wing nut jobs. Please go back to msnbc amungst your socialist friends and leave the murder investigating to us dummies.
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