Jesse Davis found mentally competent to stand trial

Davis charged with death of Winter Park teens on Cady Way Trail

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A judge has found Jesse Davis, who is charged with the death of two Winter Park teens, is mentally competent to stand his first-degree murder trial.

According to the court document released on Friday, Circuit Court Judge Alan S. Apte found Davis competent to proceed with the trial.

"As a result, Dr. Olander's report and testimony, along with the Court's own observations, lead to the conclusion that Defendant has the ability to consult with counsel with a reasonable degree of rational understanding, if he chooses to do so, and that he has both a rational and factual understanding of the pending proceedings," Apte writes in the ruling.

Orange County deputies say Davis murdered two teenagers -- 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart -- along the Cady Way Trail on April 15. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of kidnapping. Hector Rodriguez is also charged with the death of the teens.

Davis' mental competency hearing was held last month without a ruling.

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