Charges against Fla. man upgraded to double homicide


Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 11:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 11:23 a.m.

LAKE WALES, Fla. - Charges against a man accused of setting two women on fire during a robbery have been upgraded to include two new counts of first-degree murder, police said.

Leon Davis Jr. was charged Monday with murder in the deaths of Yvonne Bustamante and an infant delivered prematurely after the Dec. 13 attack.

Davis, 30, allegedly doused Bustamante and her sister-in-law, Juanita "Jane" Luciano, with gasoline and setting them on fire during a robbery of the Nationwide insurance office where the women worked.

Luciano was 5 months pregnant. Her son died a day later, and Bustamante died Dec. 18. Luciano remains hospitalized in Orlando in critical condition, officials said.

Lake Wales police have also charged Davis with one count of attempted murder and several counts of arson, armed robbery, kidnapping, grand theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Davis also faces two counts of first-degree murder in the unrelated slayings of two gas station employees. The men were changing the price on a sign on Dec. 7 when Davis tried to rob the gas station, according to an arrest affidavit. Autopsy results showed that both men were shot execution-style.

Davis is being held without bond at the Polk County Jail. Jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

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