Pedro Bravo will plead not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the death Christian Aguilar, whose body was found in a wooded stretch of Levy County in Gainesville, according to The Associated Press.
Court records show that Bravos family has requested a public defender to represent the 18-year-old.
Public Defender Stacy Scott said Friday that her office planned to file the not-guilty plea on Bravos behalf.
Aguilar, 18, was last seen in a Gainesville Best Buy with Bravo. Aguilars remains were found last week in rural Levy County.
Police say Bravo originally told them that he beat Aguilar unconscious and left him in a parking lot.
Bravos previous lawyer told The Gainesville Sun that Bravos family doesnt have the money to hire a private attorney for a potentially lengthy trial.
Aguilar and Bravo were close friends from Miami-Dade who went to Gainesville this year to continue their education.
Funeral services for Aguilar will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Dominics Catholic Church, 5909 NW Seventh St., Miami. After the funeral Mass, burial will be at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Doral.
Attending the funeral will be Aguilars two aunts from Colombia, who were granted non-immigrant visas allowing them to travel this weekend to Miami.