Trial For UF Student Murder Case Set To August 4th
GAINESVILLE - For one Florida family justice seems to be one step closer. A date has been set for Pedro Bravo-- the young man accused of murdering University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.
It was a year and a half ago that Christian Aguilar's remains were found right here at the Golf Hammock Hunting Club in Levy County. Now the parents are preparing for the day they will re-live the tragic details of their son’s murder, before a judge.
20-year-old Pedro Bravo allegedly drove 60 miles out of Gainesville-- down State Road 24 to leave behind the body of his hometown friend Christian Aguilar. 18-year-old Christian originally from Miami was a freshman at the UF. While the Aguilar’s would come to Gainesville to visit their son in college, after his death they continue coming but for very different reasons.
Christian’s father Carlos Aguilar said, "He doesn't have no remorse... He thinks that it's cool to kill somebody. He laughs, he mocks, he jokes, he smiles during the trial. He looks at us and provokes us and we have to endure all of that every time we go to a meeting."
Days before Christian's disappearance officials say bravo bought a shovel and duct tape. Bravo faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The State Attorney’s Office is representing the Aguilar family while defense attorney Michael Ruppert is defending Bravo.
Darry Lloyd a spokesperson for the State Attorney's Office said, "Mr. Cervone he talked with both the family and Mr. Kramer and ensured the family that we have a full attention of this case. But we are not seeking the death penalty in this case."
Something the family doesn't whole heartedly agree with. "What we're telling is why if the trial has not started yet, it's going to start in august 4th... Why are you going to start lowering the sentence to somebody that committed a crime... A first degree murder with aggression such as poisoning, kidnapping and who knows what more we're going to find out in the trial," Aguilar said.
However the Aguilars respect State Attorney Bill Cervone's decision as they continue to wait for bravos day in court which has been officially set to August 4th.
"Right now we have a time frame to make my family strong enough to go and face all of this. Even though we know we're going to have moments in there when we're going to break down and we're going to be experiencing a lot of pain but at the same time we are willing to face it. We do not have fear. We got God on our side, we are praying we will be ready when the trial starts."
If all the meetings leading to the trial go as planned the trial will begin august 4th, starting with jury selection.
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