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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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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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Hurricane Hunters entering Invest 93 now; Depression could form later today

By on July 31st, 2014 | Last updated: July 31, 2014 at 2:03 pm

TropicalOutlook-WUFTThunderstorms redeveloped very close to the center of Invest 93 last night, but this trend did not continue through the morning hours.  Wind shear and dry air continue to stunt the growth or intensification of this wave of low pressure. Nonetheless, NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft have been deployed to fly through the system this afternoon and we will pass along their findings.

Not much has changed in the overall forecast for this tropical development, with most reliable forecast models still indicating a weak tropical storm approaching the Lesser Antilles this weekend and potentially moving closer to the Bahamas early next week.  As with any newly developed system, though, forecast confidence remains low and there is still plenty of time to watch what becomes of Invest 93.

Track the latest on Invest 93, including a look at real-time Hurricane Hunter data, from the new Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Storm Center.

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July 31st, 2014: Morning News in 90

By on July 31st, 2014 | Last updated: July 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

David Corrado produced this update. 

 
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July 30, 2014 Afternoon News In 90

By on July 30th, 2014 | Last updated: July 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Molly Robinson produced this update. 

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July 30, 2014: Morning News In 90

By on July 30th, 2014 | Last updated: July 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Janice Normil produced this update. 

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July 29, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

By on July 29th, 2014 | Last updated: July 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Nicole Acevedo produced this update.

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