2nd man charged in Cady Way slayings rejects plea deal

Hector Rodriguez rejects state plea deal of 2nd degree murder, 30 years in prison

Published On: Jul 19 2013 10:58:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 12:19:04 PM EDT
Hector Rodriguez
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A man charged in the slayings of two Winter Park High School teens rejected a plea deal on Friday of 30 years of prison.

Hector Rodriguez, 32, one of two men charged in the slayings of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart -- along the Cady Way Trail on April 15. Jesse Davis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison in November 2012.

Rodriguez was originally expected to take the state's plea deal of second-degree murder, but rejected it on Friday. The state said if Rodriguez didn't take the plea deal on Friday it would be off the table and he would face first-degree murder charges.

Rodriguez came face-to-face with the victims' family members, who were upset with Rodriguez refusing the pleas deal.

Afterwards, the judge held a brief Nelson hearing because Rodriguez said he was unhappy with his representation. Rodriguez said he can't understand the English language well and requested an interpreter, but by the end of the hearing, he appeared to change his mind.

Rodriguez faces a maximum of six consecutive life sentences in the case.

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