Ocoee home invasion suspect gets new trial date

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An Ocoee home invasions suspect was granted a new trial date and will now face a jury in February, a judge ruled today.

Bessman Okafor, 28, is facing several felony charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a firearm. Okafor and co-defendant Nolan Bernard are accused of pushing their way inside of a home, holding the occupants at gunpoint, tying them up and then ransacking the home.

Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Okafor and Bernard shortly after the home invasion and found stolen items in their possession, court records show.

The trial in the home invasion case was originally set for September, but was postponed after one of the state's witnesses was killed and another was shot in the head.

Okafor is accused of returning to the home where the May home invasion took place and shooting the three people inside.

Police have charged Okafor with the murder of 19-year-old Alex Zaldivar, who was a victim of the home invasion and planned to testify against Okafor. Another witness, Brienna Campos, and her brother, Remington, were both shot in the head and survived.

A trial date has not been set in the murder case.

bprieto@tribune.com or 407-420-5620.

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