Bravo Trial Day 7: Gruesome Details About Aguilar's Remains
GAINESVILLE - We have the latest in the Pedro Bravo murder trial, it's day 7.
Bravo is accused of strangling UF student Christian Aguilar on September 20th 2012. Prosecutors say the motive was an obsession with his ex-girlfriend, Erika Friman.
On day 7, jurors witnessed images of Aguilar's remains in court. Gruesome details of how Aguilar's body was found at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club were revealed. During it all, Bravo did not take his eyes off the projector and jurors watched intensely. Bravo's father took notes and the Aguilar family looked helplessly at the last pictures of their son.
It was a shallow grave.
Bill Ezell with the State Attorney's Office asked Dr. Martha Burt, the medical examiner, "Do you believe these to be Aguilar's remains?" And she responded, "Yes."
After analyzing Christian Aguilar's remains, Dr. Burt, deemed Aguilar's death a homicide by unspecified means.
Ezelle asked, "Can you rule out poisoning as a potential cause of death?" "No," Dr. Burt responded.
Ezelle also asked, "Even if toxicology did not find drugs or volatiles within the toxicological specimens you sent them?" "That's correct," Dr. Burt said.
Ezelle finally asked, "Can you rule out strangulation as a cause of death?" "No," Dr. Burt replied.
It was hard moment for the Aguilar family watching daunting images of their son at his grave site.
"And so a person can appear dead, if they're not breathing and then a few minutes later this process starts up again... This damaged respiratory center is trying to function but it's not," Dr. Burt said.
According to the defense Bravo and Aguilar got into a physical fight that went a little too far. However Dr. Burt did not note any trauma to Aguilar's bones.
Ezelle asked Dr. Burt said, "Would you agree or disagree with the premise that these remains of Christian Aguilar could have been a victim of trauma as a result of severe beating to the face?" Dr. Burt responded, "The lack of fractures to any of the facial bones makes that very unlikely."
While images of Aguilar's remains were shown in court, pictures or video could not be recorded.
Dr. Burt kept describing in detail her findings, "Partially skeletonized with clothing intimately associated with the remains," she said.
Dr. Burt explained ot the jurors her findings and the status of Aguilar when his remains were discovered on october 12th 2012. One of the pictures displayed was of Aguilar's pelvic bone and soft tissue with flies over it.
"The tape appeared to be looped around both wrists such that the wrists were together. And that mass or conglomerate of tape was in very close association with the remnants of the generated tape that appeared to form discontinues loops because of it's generation about the neck region," Dr. Burt said.
The images displayed in court showed aguilar's shoes-- he was wearing vans and his blue casio watch stopped at 11:07.
Prosecution is expected to finish with their witnesses by Wednesday or Thursday.
I will be tweeting live from the courthouse all week long, follow me on Twitter @BecharaReports.
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