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Davis trial begins in slayings of Polk gas station workers

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

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Leon Davis, the Polk County man already sentenced to death in another case, goes on trial in another murder case beginning today.

Davis is charged in the execution-style slayings of two store clerks during an attempted robbery at Lake Alfred gas station in December 2007.

Jury selection is slated to begin this morning.

Autopsies show that store clerks Pravinkumar Patel and Dasharathbhai Patel suffered gunshot wounds to the head and died at the scene, according to an affidavit. Before the fatal shooting, Davis walked toward the BP gas station store at 6000 State Road 557 but could not open the locked door, the affidavit states.

Davis fired a shot through the glass, nearly hitting the cashier who had dived to the floor behind the cash register counter. The two clerks had been changing the gas price sign when Davis went toward them, the affidavit states. Video showed the men with their hands up. Davis shot them both in the head, the affidavit states.

Davis was convicted in February of dousing two women with gas and setting them on fire at a Lake Wales insurance office on Dec. 13, 2007. Both women died from their injuries. One of the women was pregnant and delivered a premature son who died three days after being delivered.

Davis was sentenced to death for those slayings in April.

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