Bradenton murder trial expected to close Friday

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 14, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Deliberations are expected to begin Friday afternoon in the murder case against Javier Aguilar for a 2012 slaying outside a strip club.

Aguilar, 25, is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Natividad Faudoa, 32, in the parking of DaVinci's nightclub at 105 Cortez Road in Bradenton just after midnight April 30.

If convicted, Aguilar will face up to life in prison.

Thursday ended with the testimony of a friend of the slain man, Jose Caudillo, who was with Faudoa at the club the night of the shooting.

Caudillo testified the altercation in the club between two groups began when Aguilar struck one of Faudoa's friends.

Video surveillance shows the two groups begin fighting.

Caudillo recounted all those

involved in the fight were kicked out of the nightclub.

Prosecutors used the video to demonstrate step-by-step what happened outside the club leading up to Aguilar reportedly shooting Faudoa.

"He said we were all going to die," Caudillo said. "He went to the truck and grabbed a gun."

After Aguilar shot Faudoa, he then began shooting at Caudillo and his other friends, he testified.

Faudoa's widow sobbed quietly in the courtroom as her husband's friend described the moment he was shot.

During cross examination, Caudillo was questioned why he didn't tell police about the alleged threats.

"I was frightened because of the shooting," he replied.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Wilson Broussard, deputy chief medical examiner for the 12th Judicial District in Florida, testified the cause of Faudoa's death was excessive bleeding in his chest. Faudoa had also suffered from bruising in his left lung, according to Broussard.

"The total was incompatible with life," he said.

Testimony began Thursday with Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective Jerome Diamond on the stand. Getting the surveillance video was one of his priorities, he said.

"Video is going to give something that is unbiased," Diamond said.

Diamond said he watched the footage to determine the cameras views and time periods he would need.

The defense, asked why he didn't take all the footage knowing it would be recorded over in seven days.

"Because I sat down and look through all the footage, I took only those camera angles that had evidentiary value," Diamond said.

Amaris Castillo, Herald reporter, contributed to this report.

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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