Trial in Florida Student's Slaying Begins

Pedro Bravo, 20, faces life in prison if convicted of killing 18-year-old Christian Aguilar.

A jury has been selected an opening statements are expected to get underway Tuesday in the trial of a Miami man charged in the 2012 death of University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.

Jury selection began early Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Bravo. He faces up to life in prison if he is convicted in the killing of Aguilar.

Bravo is being represented by Michael Ruppert who said his client is presumed innocent. Bravo, 19, was dressed in a shirt and tie when he appeared in court Monday as the jury selection was held.

A total of 69 people were called and by the end of the day, 12 jurors and two alternates were selected.

The case is well-known throughout Gainesville and South Florida. Two years ago, a massive search began when Aguilar was reported missing in September 2012. The 18-year-old's body was later discovered by hunters in a rural area of Levy County.

According to authorities, Aguilar was last seen alive with Bravo, his friend and former classmate at Doral Preparatory High School, at a Gainesville Best Buy.

Police said they found blood in Bravo's SUV and found Aguilar's backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo's closet. Bravo also bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the disappearance of Aguilar, a UF freshman, according to authorities.

Bravo faces seven charges, including homicide, kidnapping, poisoning, making a false report, obstructing a criminal investigation, destroying evidence and mishandling human remains.

Agular's family said they will attend the trial. 

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us