Two suspects have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Winter Park high school students Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18. The burning bodies of the two teenagers were found along the Orlando-area Cady Way trail on April 15 by a jogger, who called 911 to report his grisly find.
Nearly a month later, Hector Rodriguez, 31, and Jesse Davis, 30, made their first appearance before a judge. Investigators say Rodriguez and Davis were going to buy stolen guns from Presha and Stewart, but instead robbed them of the weapons before shooting them in the head execution-style and setting their bodies ablaze. At least one of the stolen guns was used to kill the teens. At the time of Rodriguez’s arrest, Davis, who is reportedly schizophrenic, was already in jail on weapons-related charges stemming from an unrelated incident. Both suspects are being held without bail at Orange County jail and are due back in court next week.
Though students close to Presha and Stewart told WFTV that the boys were not troublemakers, they did have a fairly serious run-in with police three months prior to their deaths. On January 10, the two stole a neighbor’s Mini Cooper convertible, crashed it into a 7-Eleven store, then took off running on foot. After a chase, during which both were bitten by a police dog, they were arrested and charged as juveniles with grand theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest without violence. Presha was the son of Bernie Presha, an investigator for the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office and a retired Orange County Sheriff’s Office Captain.