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GPD Detective Roberts Testifies in Bravo Trial

By on August 11th, 2014 | Last updated: August 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Gainesville Police Det. Randy Roberts listens to his Sept. 21, 2012 interview with Pedro Bravo as it's played for the jury during Pedro Bravo's murder trial in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Monday, August 11, 2014.  Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Gainesville Police detective Randy Roberts listens to his Sept. 21, 2012 interview with Pedro Bravo as it's played for the jury during Pedro Bravo's murder trial in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Monday, August 11, 2014. Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

During the second half of the Pedro Bravo trial today, the state

presented interrogation video between Detective Randy Roberts of the

Gainesville Police Department and defendant Pedro Bravo.

In the video Bravo said he never wanted to go to a school like Santa Fe. He wanted

to go to a University like the University of Florida or Harvard, and

that’s one of the main reasons he felt suicidal.

 

“Also, your friend (Christian Aguilar) is dating your ex-girlfriend?”

Roberts questioned Bravo.

 

“No, that doesn’t bother me,” said Bravo. “He’s a good guy.”

 

Bravo’s original story during the interrogation was that he and Aguilar

were in Bravo’s car together and the two got into an altercation. Bravo

then stopped the car and kicked Aguilar out.

 

Roberts told Bravo not to be afraid to tell him if something happened

and that he had hurt Aguilar trying to defend himself.

 

“Christian isn’t a person to attack me. And yes I would fight back, but

I also wouldn’t attack someone out of spite,” said Bravo.

 

Eventually Bravo conceded in the video that he had in fact punched Aguilar. Otherwise,

he said that he would have felt guilty and was afraid it would come back to bite him.

Bravo said he only punched Aguilar once after Aguilar said “You should kill

yourself, you should do it.” Although Bravo admitted there was a

physical altercation, he stressed that he only punched him once, just because he

was angry.

 

In his original story he told authorities he did not have Aguilar’s

phone, but then later admitted that he kept it and turned it off at

about 7:20 that night. He said he planned on keeping Aguilar’s backpack

until the next day, but threw his phone out the window. He said he

wanted to give the backpack back to Aguilar the next day and apologize.

 

Bravo said that Aguilar did not say anything during the fight, aside

from the comment that started it.

 

Bravo’s story continued to change throughout the interview including

how many times he punched Aguilar, and details of where he drove to, and

what he did later that night.

 

“Do you know what happened to Christian?” asked Roberts.

 

“No,” said Bravo.

 

“What do you think happened to him?”

 

“I’m hoping he’s lost.”

 

When Roberts was questioned in the court room he stated that he

and Bravo had gone out in his patrol car to retrace Bravo’s steps the night he

kicked Aguilar out of the car. When Bravo told the story again in the next

interrogation video, he said he went a different

way than what he had originally shown the detective.

 

Roberts went to Bravo’s house the next day where he found

Aguilar’s backpack inside a suitcase in Bravo’s closet.

 

State attorneys questioned Roberts on warrants he obtained in September

of 2012 to search Bravo’s home and his continuation in the case when Aguilar’s body

was found in Levy County 6.2 miles west of Otter Creek at Gulf Hammock Hunt Club.

 

The trial is scheduled to continue tomorrow at 9 am.

 

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Pictures From Day Six Of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 11th, 2014 | Last updated: August 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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Pedro Bravo Trial Resumes Today

By on August 11th, 2014 | Last updated: August 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

Week two of the Pedro Bravo trial begins today.

Pedro Bravo is charged with the murder and kidnapping of Christian Aguilar, which the prosecution is saying was because of jealousy over Aguilar dating an ex-girlfriend of Bravo’s.

On Friday, Bravo’s two former roommates took the stand, and so did the two men that found Aguilar’s body in the woods of Levy County.

The trial is set to begin at 9 AM.

You can tune in to our exclusive live stream of the trial online at WUFT.org and follow gavel-to-gavel coverage on Twitter  @WUFTPedroBravo.

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Florida Division Of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon Cautions New Floridians

By on August 11th, 2014 | Last updated: August 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

Florida Division Of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon Cautions New Floridians from WUFT News on Vimeo.

The peak of hurricane season is fast approaching. Florida has not had a hurricane make landfall in almost nine years, the longest such streak since 1851. Since that time, the US Census Bureau estimates the population of Florida has grown by over 1.3 million people.

Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, discusses the challenges with educating new Floridians on hurricane safety.

Many new residents have not experienced a hurricane first hand. Even seasoned hurricane veterans haven’t seen a strike in nearly a decade. Nevertheless, Florida officials urge all residents to remember that hurricane season is just approaching the peak. So far there have only been two named storms, but it only takes one to make landfall in Florida and affect the lives of millions.

 

 

 

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August 8, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

By on August 8th, 2014 | Last updated: August 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Ashlyn Reese produced this update. 

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Pictures From Day Five Of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 8th, 2014 | Last updated: August 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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Prosecution Questions Witnesses About Shovel in Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 8th, 2014 | Last updated: August 8, 2014 at 7:42 am
Pedro Bravo talks with a member of his defense team while they listen to testimony from Gainesville Police Crime Scene Investigator Mark Trahan in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Thursday, August 7, 2014.  Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Pedro Bravo talks with a member of his defense team while they listen to testimony from Gainesville Police Crime Scene Investigator Mark Trahan in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Thursday, August 7, 2014. Bravo is accused of killing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Day Four of the Pedro Bravo murder trial was dominated by more witnesses called by the prosecution.

Among those who testified yesterday were employees of stores where Bravo made purchases that prosecutors say are questionable.

One of those purchases is a shovel that was found under a walkway in Bravo’s apartment complex, Spyglass Apartments.

Witness testimonies also linked items found in Bravo’s car to those used in Aguilar’s murder.

The state says they still have plenty of witnesses to question, so the defense will have to wait a little longer to present its case.

But the defense did reiterate that Bravo will not take the stand.

The trial will resume this morning at 9 am.

You can tune in to our exclusive live stream of the trial online at WUFT-dot-org and follow gavel-to-gavel coverage on Twitter at W-U-F-T Pedro Bravo.

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August 7, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

By on August 7th, 2014 | Last updated: August 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Cristina Mendez produced this update. 

 

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August 7, 2014 Morning News In 90

By on August 7th, 2014 | Last updated: August 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

David Corrado produced this update. 

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Pictures From Day Four Of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 7th, 2014 | Last updated: August 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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