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Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Charges against man upgraded to murder

LAKE WALES - Charges against a man accused of setting two women on fire during a robbery have been upgraded to include two 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 set 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.

Police: Boy killed by bullets fired into bin

OPA-LOCKA - Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy apparently struck by bullets fired into a trash bin.

Police say Zenon Fernandez fired his semiautomatic weapon into a piece of old furniture discarded in the bin outside an Opa-Locka apartment building late Monday night.

According to a police report, Joshua Arroliga was behind the furniture. The boy was struck by the shots fired and died at the scene. Fernandez turned himself in to police. He is charged with manslaughter.

- Compiled from The Associated Press

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