New information released in prior incident with slain teens

Nicholas Presha, 16 and Jeremy Stewart, 18, found dead on Cady Way Trail

Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.
Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.

WINTER PARK, Fla. – New information was released on Friday about prior incidents involving the two Winter Park High School students whose bodies were found burning along a popular bike trail.

The bodies of Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18, were found by two bicyclists around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning just off Cady Way Trail near Full Sail University. Friends of the boys said Nicholas Presha's father told them his son snuck out of the house around 2 a.m. Sunday. He tried to look for him, but he never came home.

Friends said they were just typical teens who got into a little trouble from time to time. According to the FDLE website, both teens were arrested in January by Winter Park police for grand theft of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer.

Authorities released the 911 calls from the incident. The man said he watched the robbery across the street from him.

"I looked out my window, and they were in the car. Two guys were in the car. The lights were on them on the inside of the car. And they were like laughing and doing something," the man said on the call.

Reports show the teens stole a neighbor's Mini Cooper and crashed it into the side of a 7-Eleven while Presha was behind the wheel. Reports said Presha took off running around dumpsters and was eventually bit by a K-9 dog before being arrested. Stewart, the passenger was submerged in a retention pond and refused to surrender. Eventually a K-9 dog bit him, too, and he came out of the water.

Stewart and Presha entered a pretrial diversion program for juvenile offenders.

"They had their problems outside of school but everyone had their problems outside of school," Winters said.

Authorities wouldn't say if the car theft has anything to do with the teen's deaths.

Meanwhile, another candlelight vigil was planned for Friday night, but it's not clear if it will still go on with the inclement weather.