CSI Instructor Marc Trahan was recently called to serve as an expert witness
in the murder trial of 20-year-old Pedro Bravo. Bravo, who was found guilty
on Friday of first-degree murder, was on trial for killing University
of Florida student Christian Aguilar by strangulation.
Trahan, the prosecution’s first witness, is a crime scene investigator
for the Gainesville Police Department. Trahan told the courtroom, he found
traces of blood on the bottom of a paint can and a shoe insole from inside
Pedro Bravo’s car.
“The stain is right next to the number on the can. What I did was
swab the larger of the two stains and left the other one intact in case
I wanted to do another collection,” said Trahan.
The last time Christian was seen, he was going into a Gainesville Best
Buy with Pedro. After he went missing, the communities of both Gainesville
& Miami searched for 22 days to find him. His skeletal remains were
found bound with duct tape in a grave in the Levy County woods.
When Bravo's home and car were searched, police found blood in his
SUV and Aguilar's backpack in Bravo's apartment. They also found
that Bravo bought a shovel and duct tape mere days before Christian Aguilar
Police have since arrested Pedro Bravo.