Bravo Trial Day 6: Bravo Changes His Story During Police Interrogations
GAINESVILLE - False information to a law enforcement officer, mishandling a dead body, and tampering with physical evidence are some of the things Pedro Bravo is being charged with.
But that's the least of his worries. He is accused of killing his friend Christian Aguilar in September, 2012.
It came out in court today that his story to police changed more than once.
During the police interviews with Bravo we could see how Bravo changed his story multiple times as to what he did on September 20th 2012.
That's the date Aguilar went missing. Detectives pointed out how he never mentioned stopping at McDonalds, punching aguilar or having Aguilar's backpack in his closet and later admitting to all of it.
We mostly heard pre-recorded interviews of Pedro Bravo being interrogated by police. He talked about different ways he'd considered committing suicide like, pesticides, slitting wrists, a gun or sleeping pills.
"We were just talking about why I wanted to commit suicide. And reasons not to," Bravo said.
Bravo told detective Randy Roberts with the Gainesville Police Department, that his friends took all the knives from his apartment... "just in case."
About suicide Detective Roberts asked, "Why is that?" Bravo said, "I am just tired of everything."
Roberts asked, "Tired of everything? Tired of what? You haven't even experienced life yet. And Bravo responded, "That's your argument, I don't know I just feel overwhelmed about everything."
Bravo says they picked up a hitchhiker, a homeless man; he describes him as very tall, mid 50's, wearing a white t-shirt with khahis and a cowboy hat.
Bravo also told the detective why he was under so much stress lately.
"College, home, dealing with paying for classes, food and then my car broke which is nice. My windshield broke which is also nice. And then my friend goes missing which is just great. Fantastic," Bravo said.
After many questions Bravo told investigators that aguilar told him in the car that he should kill himself. Bravo says that's when he punched aguilar and asked him to leave the car.
Detective Randy Roberts, with the Gainesville Police Department said, "The first time we talked you forgot to tell me that you went to McDonald's. I come back in and you had forgotten to tell me you punched him in the face. I showed you the phone records and you forgot to tell me that he left his book back."
Bravo says he kept Aguilar's backpack in his closet because Aguilar left it behind after leaving his car.
Prosecution is expected to finish with their witnesses by Thursday.
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