WINTER PARK, Fla. — Police have announced they have a suspect in custody in connection to the execution style murders of two teenagers whose bodies were found burning alongside a popular walking trail.
Last month, some bicyclist riding along the Cady Way Trail found the burning bodies of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart, best friends who both attended Winter Park High School.
It is now being revealed that police have a suspect and have had him in custody since two days after the boys were found. His name is Jessie Davis and it may come as a shock, judging by his picture, but the 30-year-old is an alleged drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history. He also lives one mile from where the murders occurred.
Davis was arrested on April 17 on charges of violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. These charges are not related to the deaths of Presha and Stewart. He was already on probation for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon at the time of the murders.
People who know Davis say he has been in trouble with the law since he was a juvenile. His mother says this stems from him suffering from mental illness since he was 5-years-old. She told reporters that she did not believe her son did it, but that he was capable under the right circumstances.
She also claimed that one week before the murders, she took Davis to a crisis center after complaining of being suicidal, having hallucinations and plagued with thoughts of killing people. He was released the next day.
Some rumors being reported were that the the two boys may have been killed over a $500 drug debt, but police have not confirmed this, stating they have received many tips and are investigating all of them. At this point there has been no official proof that the boys were into drugs or involved in any kind of gang activity.
Sheriff Jerry Demings stated the investigation is progressing well, and they are awaiting forensic information.Tags: Crime, Drugs, Florida, Jeremy Stewart, Jessie Davis, Murder, Nicholas Presha, Shooting