Gruesome Florida Crime: Two Teenagers Shot in the Back of Their Head, Their Bodies Burned with Gasoline

August 6, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

Execution style killings of two teenagers, Jeremy Stewart and Nicholas Presha, have sparked massive discussions on Florida crime blogs. This terrifying and sad case illustrates how and when the justice system can fail – and the case may have implications for you, if you are trying to figure out what to do about your Florida criminal charges.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, teenagers Stewart and Presha had been best friends… friends who had a taste for skirting the law. They had been once caught stealing a car, and they also broke into vehicles and stole objects, including guns.

On the night of their deaths, Presha and Stewart met up with two men, Hector Rodriguez and Jessie Davis, at a gas station. Authorities believe that Davis and Rodriguez had never met the teens before. The four men got something to eat together at Steak 'n Shake, during which time Stewart and Presha may have tried to sell recently stolen weapons to the men. They all then headed to Stewart's house, perhaps to close the deal.

Could have been a routine sale of illegal arms… but something went terribly wrong.

According to a witness, the two men took the guns from the teenagers, then pointed the weapons at them. They pistol-whipped Stewart, before tying both teens up and tossing them into the back of a car. Surveillance footage shows Davis filling up his tank at a CITGO station (with the boys presumably in his trunk).

20 minutes later, bicyclists discovered the teenagers’ burning bodies near a trail.

Prosecutors tried Davis last year in connections with road rage charges – he allegedly beat a man with a stick after the man honked at him in traffic. But Davis was ultimately allowed probation instead of jail time, in spite of compelling evidence that the man had serious mental instability and delusional schizophrenia.

Currently, Davis and Rodriguez are being held without bond, awaiting charges.

If you or someone you care about faces Florida criminal charges – whether something serious like homicide or assault – or something more minor but also serious, such as misdemeanor theft or possession of narcotics or weapons – the team at Seltzer Law, PA, can help you understand what options might be available to you.

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