Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hector Manuel Rodriguez and Jesse Brandon Davis charged with brutal killing of Florida teenagers whose bodies were 'burned beyond all recognition'

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder a month after two teenagers’ bodies were found engulfed in flames along a central Florida trail.

Jesse Brandon Davis and Hector Manuel Rodriguez made their first appearance before a judge on Saturday, but were denied bond.

Both men 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, who were found badly burned on a popular biking trail in Winter Park, Florida.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the felons were both ‘evil and dangerous criminals.’ He says that the teens were likely killed as they were trying to sell the men handguns.

Davis, who has a speckled history with the law, was arrested last month on unrelated charges. Rodriguez was arrested on Friday.

The latter has been convicted with felony theft, as well as misdemeanour theft and drug charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Investigators say they were robbed and shot to death. A passer-by later discovered their bodies engulfed in flames along a popular trail. Read More