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Judge denies bond to "cold-blooded" Winter Haven killer

Bartow, Florida-- Polk County Judge Oliver Green denies bond for 32 year-old Joshua Davis. 

He remains in jail on two counts of First Degree Murder, one count of Attempted First Degree Murder and one count of Child Abuse.

During his first appearance before a judge since his arrest, Davis appeared well mannered and straight forward. While answering the judge's questions, Davis would respond "yes sir" or "no sir."

Davis's voice cracked and became emotional when the judge read the count of child abuse regarding his six year-old daughter.

Winter Haven police said Davis's admitted action Tuesday evening landed him behind bars. 

Police Chief Gary Hester called Davis a "cold-blooded killer."

Davis lives in a Winter Haven house converted into several apartments on Lake Howard Drive East, where police said he forever changed the lives of three college students and best friends.

Police said Davis confessed to using his semi-automatic Ruger 9m gun to shoot and kill, execution style, Christian Rodriguez and Joe Palacios, both 19 years-old. 

The men were visiting Davis at the time. 

Detectives also said Davis admitted to shooting 19 year-old Esteban Zavala several times while Davis's daughter hid under a table. 

Davis reportedly told police that the men were sitting in his living room when he got a "dark feeling", and that he walked to his bedroom to grab his gun. 

As he was escorted to a patrol car shortly after his arrest, Davis told reporters that he did it because "I was scared for my family."

On Thursday, a woman at Davis's apartment believed to be the child's mother told 10 News she would not comment to the media. 

48 hours later, signs of what happened there remain. There is dried blood splatter on the front door and drops of blood dripped along the front porch.  Down the steps are Mark Zavala's fleeing footsteps.

Police said Mark Zavala's life was saved because Davis ran out of bullets. 

Davis told police he went to the kitchen to grab a knife to "finish off" Zavala. Meanwhile Zavala managed to escape out the front door. 

A police officer responding to the 911 calls of shots being heard at the apartment, saw Zavala staggering along the sidewalk and collapsing on West Central Avenue. The police officer stopped to help and call for aid.

Police said Zavala is at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in stable condition. While Zavala heals, the families of his two best friends plan funeral arrangements. 

Diana Barajas is Christian's mother. "He's the very best son a mother could have and we will wait for the day to see him again."

Police said Davis's six year-old daughter who witnessed the shootings was not physically hurt.

A police affidavit report says she told a detective she thinks this is all a dream and she wants to wake up so she can pretend it never happened.  

Previous stories: 

ONLY ON 10: "He has my heart," says mother of shooting victim"

Winter Haven Police Chief calls Joshua Davis a "cold-blooded killer"

Arrest made in connection with Winter Haven triple shooting


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