Bravo Trial Day 8: Bravo's Cellmate Recounts Murder
GAINESVILLE - The drama continues to unfold. A love triangle turned deadly. It's day 8 of the Pedro Bravo murder trial.
The 20-year-old is blamed for the murder of his high school friend, Christian Aguilar over a young woman-- Erika Friman.
As this trial is coming close to an end, Bravo has the chance to take the stand Thursday.
We may never know what happened exactly on September 20th 2012. The night Aguilar disappeared.
However one witness recounts his side of the story as told to him by the suspect in this case, Pedro Bravo.
Michael Angelo walked into the courtroom in shackles. Angelo was in the same pod as Bravo and even shared a cell with him at the Alachua County Jail.
Angelo has been convicted as a felon nine times; on charges of home-invasion, kidnapping, and more. During long and lonely dark nights in jail, Angelo says that Bravo confessed to him.
"All he did was sit in a room and kind of stare at the ceiling and cry here and there. And i just told him, you probably killed that kid. And what was his response to that? He really didn't answer," Angelo said.
Bravo told him his original plan was to poison Aguilar with a mixture of sleeping pills and pesticides. But if that didn't work, "His back up plan was to have a knife to cut his throat in case it didn't work. And his main plan was to choke him with a moving strap," Angelo said.
According to Angelo's testimony it seems like aguilar tried putting up a fight during his last moments. "Chris tried to open the door one time and that's when he kind of tightened the strap more. I guess putting his body weight against it. He said all chris did was take his gum out of his mouth and drop it on the floorboard," Angelo added.
Angelo says Bravo told him that Aguilar's nose started bleeding and that he used the paint he had in his car for graffiti, to cover up the stain.
Regardless, the defense made it clear that Angelo is getting a deal for testifying in court. They tried to question his character by bringing up his affiliation with gangs.
Angelo went on to explain Aguilars' last 13 minutes of life, as told to him by Bravo. "And it sounded like (gasp, gasp) and that's the reason he held on to the strap as he was driving around cause it freaked him out," Angelo said.
The prosecution will call their last witness to the stand on Thursday. The judge explained to Bravo that he has the choice to testify. He has all of Wednesday night to think about it, before giving his decision Thursday morning.
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