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Erika Friman Testifies On Day Three Of Trial

By on August 7th, 2014 | Last updated: August 8, 2014 at 8:00 am
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.

 

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August 6, 2014 Afternoon News In 90

By on August 6th, 2014 | Last updated: August 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Molly Robinson produced this update. 

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Photos From Day Three of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 6th, 2014 | Last updated: August 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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August 6, 2014: Morning News In 90

By on August 6th, 2014 | Last updated: August 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Cindy Kabiru produced this update. 

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Day Three of Bravo Trial Begins With Girlfriend, Erika Friman, On The Stand

By on August 6th, 2014 | Last updated: August 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm
Erika Freeman, 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 Freeman, 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)

More testimony is expected this morning in Alachua county circuit court from Erika Friman, the former girlfriend of Pedro Bravo and Christian Aguilar.

Bravo is accused of killing Aguilar in part because he started dating Friman and Bravo wanted her back.

Friman was called to the stand yesterday and said she did not plan on dating Bravo after high school.

As testimony went on, prosecutors detailed how Bravo strangled Aguilar and drove his body to a wooded area.

Defense attorneys say the two men did fight, but that Bravo did not kill Aguilar.

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

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Photo Gallery From Day Two Of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 5th, 2014 | Last updated: August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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August 5th, 2014, Morning News in 90

By on August 5th, 2014 | Last updated: August 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

David Corrado produced this update. 

 
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Opening Statements Underway in Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 5th, 2014 | Last updated: August 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm
Claudia Aguilar listens as the prosecution gives opening statements in the case against Pedro Bravo in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  Bravo is accused of murdering her son.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Claudia Aguilar listens as the prosecution gives opening statements in the case against Pedro Bravo in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Bravo is accused of murdering her son. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

A jury is in place for the Pedro Bravo trial, and opening statements are starting today.

A 14-person jury of eight women and six men, two of which are alternates, will oversee the Bravo trial with Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge James Colaw leading the proceedings.

Jury selection began yesterday morning and wrapped up just before 6 p.m. yesterday evening.

The trial is expected to continue for about two weeks.

Bravo was present for jury selection, but none of his family was with him.

Bravo is facing murder, kidnapping, and 5 other charges related to Christian Aguilar’s death in 2012.

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

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Jury Selected On First Day of Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 4th, 2014 | Last updated: August 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

After a full day of questioning and deliberation both the prosecution and defense in the murder trial of Pedro Bravo agreed on a twelve-person jury. According to State Attorney Spokesperson Darry Lloyd, the court adjourned just before 6pm this evening with a jury selected. Trial proceedings will officially begin tomorrow morning.

Bravo was present in court throughout the entire selection process.

Jurors began by filling out questionnaires about their previous knowledge of the case.

The defense brought up some discrepancies in the way some of the questions were worded, which led to a one-on-one meeting with select jurors in front of the judge to clarify their answers and opinions on the case. The remaining groups gathered on the panel to answer some general questions to determine who would make the final cut.

The prosecution listed a number of possible witnesses that could take the stand during the trial including law enforcement from both Alachua and Levy County, members of Florida Fish and Wildlife, employees of Spyglass apartments and Walmart security. They also listed a number of civilians who could take the stand including Aguilar’s immediate family and friends.

 

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Aug. 04, 2014: Afternoon News In 90

By on August 4th, 2014 | Last updated: August 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Stephanie Alvarez produced this update. 

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