Testimony to continue in Bradenton murder trial

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 13, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Testimony will continue Thursday morning in the murder trial of Javier Aguilar.

Aguilar, 25, is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting shortly after midnight May 26, 2012, of Natividad Faudoa, 32, in the parking lot of DaVinci's nightclub, 105 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Aguilar and Faudoa reportedly argued inside the nightclub after a bottle was bumped off a VIP table. The altercation involving many others spilled out into the parking lot.

That's when police say Aguilar went to his truck, pulled out a gun and shot Faudoa.

"The house lights came on," nightclub employee Jeremy Hillengas testified. "I remember our owner ... running through the front door yelling shots fired, shots fired."

Aguilar is expected to testify. He claims he was defending himself when he fired the gun.

Manatee County deputy Kumiko Carter, first on the scene, also testified Wednes

day. She had just walked into the Steak-n-Shake next door when the shooting occurred.

"As I was going over to DaVinci's, there was a white F-150 heading out of there," Carter said.

Other witnesses also reported seeing the white- or cream-colored truck belonging to Aguilar fleeing the scene.

"The victim basically was dead," Carter said.

Faudoa was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Aguilar, later identified as the suspect, was located Oct. 2 in the 7700 block of Habersham Drive, Lakeland, by the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal's Service. In his attempt to flee he reportedly rammed his truck into a federal officer's vehicle. An officer then shot him, causing Aguilar to crash his truck into a tree.

Aguilar is a convicted felon. Prior arrests include charges of possession of cannabis, trafficking cocaine, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and possession of a controlled substance.

On Aug. 26, 2008, he was sentenced as a youthful offender to four years with the Florida Department of Corrections for one case and one year for the other, both to run concurrently.

He was released from prison Aug. 6, 2011, and placed on probation.

This was the second fatal shooting following an altercation at DaVinci's Nightclub in 2012.

On April 30, 2012, Ruben Harris was found shot to death in the parking lot of a Shell gas station at the intersection of 301 Boulevard East and Ninth Street East

On Jan. 29, a jury found Earl Scott guilty of second-degree murder of Harris. Scott will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and is facing up to life in prison if convicted.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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