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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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Jury Selection Begins In Pedro Bravo Trial

By on August 4th, 2014 | Last updated: August 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm
Defendant Pedro Bravo attends jury selection in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Monday, August 4, 2014.  Bravo is on trial for the murder of University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.  (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

Defendant Pedro Bravo attends jury selection in courtroom 1B of the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center Monday, August 4, 2014. Bravo is on trial for the murder of University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun/Pool)

The trial of Pedro Bravo, 20, a Miami man who faces life in prison for the 2012 kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old University of Florida student Christian Aguilar begins today at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center.

Bravo, a high school friend of Aguilar’s, is facing seven charges including kidnapping, poisoning, tampering with physical evidence, providing false information to police, improperly handling of human remains, destruction of evidence and homicide.

Police stated that Bravo was the last person to be seen with Aguilar on a surveillance video from Best Buy. Bravo was arrested four days later after admitting they fought over a girl. Aguilar’s body was found later in a shallow grave in Levy County by a group of hunters.

Circuit Judge James Colaw will preside over the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks.  Jury selection, which begins today, should take approximately three days.

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August 1, 2014: Afternoon News In 90

By and on August 1st, 2014 | Last updated: August 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Edwin Exaus produced this update. 

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July 31, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

By on July 31st, 2014 | Last updated: July 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Cristina Mendez produced this update. 

 

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