Apple’s Siri Helps Murderer Hide Dead Body

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By Athena Yenko | August 14, 2014 4:03 PM EST

Apple's Siri had reportedly become an accomplice in hiding the corpse of a student killed by another student -- hence, becoming significant evidence to the case.

The student in centre of a murder trial, Pedro Bravo, had sought the help of Siri in hiding the body of a friend, Christian Aguilar that he allegedly killed.

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The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California April 23, 2014.

During the trial, screenshots from Bravo's phone revealed conversation that took place between Bravo and Siri.

"I need to hide my roommate," Bravo typed.

"What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps," Siri replied.

Bravo had allegedly dragged and strangled Aguilar inside his SUV in a Walmart parking lot and then buried his body 60 miles west of Gainesville in a secluded forested area, CBS Miami reports.

In his defence, Bravo's attorney said that the screenshot of the conversation with Siri was just one among the many pictures found from his phone.

"This is not evidence that he ever did an inquiry, looking for some information online for needing to hide his roommate," Bravo's attorney asked.

The question was directed to Gainesville police department Det. Matthew Goeckel, a forensic expert that scrutinised evidences from both Bravo's and Aguilar's phone.

The screenshot presented during the trial comes out as images, in the Facebook cache, Goeckel said, according to a transcript from the trial published by Action News.

As Siri became significant evidence in the case, it however appears that it had worked in favour of the accused.

Along the course of the trial, it was established that Siri's message was captured from an AT&T mobile while Bravo is on Verizon. Furthermore, Bravo is using an iPhone 4 which Siri is not available.

"How could a Siri image appear on an iPhone 4?" Bravo's lawyer asked.

"In this case it was cached on Facebook, it was viewed on Facebook with the phone," Goeckel said.

Hence, a possibility exists that Bravo was not the one who conducted the search on Siri.

Bravo admitted to beating up Aguilar but he said Aguilar was still alive when he drove off.

 "I pushed him out of the car, then I got out of the car then I kept punching him. I really hope he's okay. When I left the scene it was me, I was just there whaling on him, then I kept going until I could see he was okay but he couldn't move anymore. Then I drove away," Bravo told court.

Trial for Bravo's case is still on-going until Friday.

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(Photo: REUTERS / Robert Galbraith)
The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California April 23, 2014.
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