16-year-old Nick Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart
ORLANDO, Fla. - The second person charged with the deaths of two Winter Park teenagers abruptly backed out of a plea deal Friday morning.
Hector Rodriguez, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 16-year-old Nick Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart.
An Orange County medical examiner said the teens were shot to death execution-style. Their bodies were found burning along the Cady Way Trail in Winter Park.
With the help of an interpreter, Rodriguez told the judge his attorneys were not ready for trial. He complained that they had not prepared him, not provided him with an attorney and did not share discovery evidence or depositions with him while he has been in jail for more than a year.
Attorney Frank Bankokwotiz denied the allegation.
In the end the judge looked at all the evidence and told Rodriguez he had three options: defend himself, get a new attorney or stay with the attorneys he currently has.
Rodriguez said he didn't have any more money, so he would keep the public defender he was appointed. His trial is set to begin with jury selection Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Jesse Davis, 31, pleaded guilty in November to six separate counts against him for his role in the deaths. He was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.