WUFT News

Erika Friman Testifies On Day Three Of Trial

By on August 7th, 2014
Erika Friman, the girlfriend of victim Christian Aguilar, continues her testimony from yesterday during the murder trial of Pedro Bravo in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Wednesday, August 6, 2014.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Erika Friman, the girlfriend of victim Christian Aguilar, continues her testimony from yesterday during the murder trial of Pedro Bravo in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Wednesday, August 6, 2014. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

As time passed on September 20 and 21 of 2012, Christian Aguilar’s girlfriend became more and more concerned about his whereabouts.

Erika Friman testified Wednesday in the Alachua county trial of Pedro Bravo that she called Bravo at 4 am on the  21st because she knew the two men had been together.

Bravo told her he and Aguilar had an argument and he had left him someplace north of Gainesville.

Later that morning, Friman and Bravo, who dated in high school until she broke things off before moving to Gainesville to attend Santa Fe College, went to Gainesville police to report a missing person–but was told to go to University of Florida Police because Aguilar lived on the UF campus.

Later in Wednesday’s testimony,  Friman read from some of Bravo’s journals in which he talked about Aguilar.

Bravo is accused of killing Agular in part because he was upset Friman was now spending time with Aguilar and Bravo was trying to win her back.

Additional testimony from Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Analyst Denise Holmquist revealed her analysis of a plastic bottle, believed to have contained some of the substances Bravo used to help subdue Aguilar.

Holmquist says several levels of testing identified no controlled substances. But, two chemical substances, acetaminophen and diphen-hydramine, were identified in the plastic bottle.

She says these substances are commonly used in manufacturing pharmaceutical products. The state claims that after giving Aguilar the drugs, Bravo then strangled him.

The state will be calling more witnesses today.

For continuing coverage of the Pedro Bravo trial, follow @WUFTPedroBravo on Twitter and listen for hourly updates on Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM.

 


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Preserving History Through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Recipe

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.


CMT’s “Gainesville” docu-series will premiere Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. This “coming of age” show will focus on a group of 20-something year old’s as they try to make it on their own. Photo courtesy of CMT

Gainesville Reality Show Set To Air Aug. 20

Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.


Midwife Talks About Life Experiences

Former midwife, Glenn Cameron, gives a glimpse into her years as a midwife in the 70s and the challenges the practice presented.


FDOT Cuts Funding For Active Streets

The FDOT cut funding for Gainesville’s Active Streets event, which offers free pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly activities twice per year. The organization and its supporters are trying to overturn the decision and look for new ways to fund the event.


Amanda Norman and two other Grace Marketplace residents wait outside the kitchen doors as it rains heavily. Norman has lived in Dignity Village for more than two months. photo by Thomas Lynn

The Grace Marketplace Debate Over Improvements

Gainesville’s City Commission approved a $585,525 budget for improvements that will make 10 campus buildings at the Empowerment Center livable. Residents and volunteers look forward to the changes, but some are concerned by the nearby chaos at Dignity Village.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments