Thursday, August 14, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Pedro Bravo says University of Florida student Christian Aguilar was still alive the last time he saw him.
Bravo took the stand Thursday in a Gainesville courtroom after the prosecution rested its murder case against him.
At many times smiling and looking at jurors, the 20-year-old from Miami said he was suicidal when he and Aguilar got together to talk on Sept. 20, 2012.
Aguilar's remains were discovered weeks later in a wooded area.
Prosecutors have painted a picture of Bravo as a jealous ex-boyfriend who followed his ex to Gainesville to win her back, only to find she was dating Aguilar.
Bravo said he came to Gainesville seeking a fresh start and a rekindling of his relationship with the woman but became distraught when he realized it wasn't happening.