Deliberations begin in Cady Way Trail murder trial

Published On: Jul 31 2013 09:36:50 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 06:19:50 PM EDT

The jury has begun deliberations in the murder trial of a man accused of killing two Winter Park teens along the Cady Way Trail.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

The jury started deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing two Winter Park teens along the Cady Way Trail.

Hector Rodriguez, 32, is on trial for the April 2012 slayings of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart.  If convicted, Rodriguez faces life in prison in the slayings of the teens, whose bodies were found burning on the side of the popular Winter Park bike trail.

Another man, Jesse Davis, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in November 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison for the teens' deaths.

The state and defense rested their respective cases on Tuesday. Both the prosecution and defense got two hours for closing arguments.

The state said in its closing arguments that Rodriguez should be found guilty of murder.

"The totality of the evidence in this case shows that this defendant is guilty of premeditated murder, felony murder if he wasn't there robbery with a firearm, and kidnapping with a firearm for Nicholas Presha and Jeremy Stewart," Prosecutor William Jay.

The defense said in its closing arguments that Rodriguez wasn't on board with anything besides getting guns and that Davis was in control of the situation.

Officials claim Rodriguez and Davis robbed the teens, who were trying to sell guns to the pair, before killing them.  Defense attorneys haven't denied Rodriguez's role in robbing the teens but claim he did not shoot them.

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