Judge denies Pedro Bravo a new trial

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Posted: Sep 10, 2014 11:56 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge denied a new trial for a Miami man convicted of murdering a University of Florida student in a fit of jealous rage.

Lawyers for 20-year-old Pedro Bravo requested a new trial Tuesday after statements by an attorney for Bravo's onetime cellmate Michael Angelo, a key prosecution witness.

Angelo's attorney Margaret Stack said State Attorney Bill Cervone called her seeking information about where Bravo had buried the body of 18-year-old Christian Aguilar.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/1uvVZ4Z ) reports Cervone denied asking Stack for Angelo's help, saying she called him with the information.

Bravo's attorney Michael Ruppert asked for a new trial, saying he would have used that information at trial. The request was denied.

Bravo is in prison for life without parole after a jury found him guilty of Aguilar's murder.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com