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Bravo Trial Day 10: Closing Arguments
GAINESVILLE - The jury in the Pedro Bravo trial is deliberating. According to the State Attorneys Office, Bravo brutally murdered his good friend Christian Aguilar. He faces seven charges.
For Bravo to be found guilty, the state has to prove the death was caused by a criminal act of Bravo. The way it was actually executed doesn't have to be proven.
It's day 10 of the Pedro Bravo trial. This was the day the state and defense battled it out with their final arguments. Each made many points contradicting the other.
The defense says Bravo's actions can be explained by his suicidal tendencies.
Michael Ruppert defense attorney said, "At that point Carlos Aguilar calls UFPD and talks to Tim Peck and asks Tim Peck what has Pedro done to my son?"
The state has implied that Bravo asked for $80 in cash back at Walmart so his transactions wouldn't be tracked.
During closing arguments, however the defense said Bravo made purchases in cash because his parents monitor his bank statements.
Ruppert said, "His kicking causes the roof's scratch, the roof couldn't have been scratched when Pedro Bravo had that accident. It was when Christian Aguilar was struggling when the security cart was going by."
The state says that after Bravo committed the murder he washed his car to cover up evidence. The defense says Bravo got a car wash because his parents were going to visit to check on his car soon. Especially after crashing it two weeks earlier.
Bill Ezelle an Assistant State Attorney, said, "Throughout the interview he says and refers to chris was a good friend. Chris was this, Chris was that, in past tense. He is the only person on the planet who knows that Chris is in the past tense."
The state finds it unusual that after coming home Bravo only put the clothes he was wearing that day in the wash. The defense says he had vomit on them from a concoction he drank to kill himself. Thats why he washed that set of clothes alone. "Using your common sense it's only reasonable that you would expect that he would wash the clothes he is wearing which was the ones that had the puke on," Ruppert said.
And to explain all the time Bravo's phone was on airplane mode the night Aguilar disappeared-- Ruppert said, "Bravo crashed his vehicle, the whole erika thing, he just beat up his friend. He doesn't want anymore stimulation, he puts his phone on airplane mode."
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