Ocoee police say Brienna Campos and Alex Zaldivar were terrorized by home invaders in May. They were expected to face their alleged attackers in an Orange County courtroom this week.
But on Monday, another violent attack at the same home left 20-year-old Campos wounded and 19-year-old Zaldivar dead.
Campos, Zaldivar and 23-year-old Remington Campos were identified by police as the three people shot in a pre-dawn home invasion Monday in Ocoee. Records show Brienna Campos and Zaldivar were victims of a previous violent home invasion May 9 at the same Bernadino Drive home.
The suspects in the May case — Nolan Darnell Bernard and Bessman Charles Obinna Okafor — were set for trial in Orange County on Tuesday, and records show Brienna Campos and Zaldivar were listed as witnesses likely to testify.
Bernard, 27, and Okafor, 28, both felons, are charged with burglary with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment with a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm in the May home invasion.
They are both facing the possibly of life in prison if convicted. The trial has been postponed until at least Oct. 15.
On Tuesday, a judge authorized a warrant for Okafor's arrest for violating his curfew by leaving home three times since Sunday. The shootings in Ocoee on Monday took place during one of the three periods Okafor was away from home, according to the court-ordered Radio Frequency Monitor he was compelled to wear as a condition of bail.
A radio frequency is sent to the ankle monitor and will notify home-confinement officers if the monitor does not respond, meaning the person has left the home.
Court records indicate Okafor left his Pine Hills home at 4:40 a.m. Monday and returned at 5:46 a.m.
The deadly shooting in Ocoee occurred around 5:15 a.m., according to police. Detectives have not named any suspects in the fatal attack.
Early Tuesday — before the warrant was issued for the curfew violation — Orlando police arrested Okafor at his home on an unrelated Polk County warrant. A judge Tuesday afternoon revoked his bond in the May home invasion, and he is being held at the Orange County Jail.
Bernard, who did not post bond, has been in the Orange County Jail since May.
Ocoee police have released few details in Monday's shooting, which is being investigated by the Joint Homicide Investigation Team. Orlando police homicide detectives are assisting the investigation.
Victims held at gunpoint
Police said that on May 9, Brienna Campos, Zaldivar and two others — Brandon Campos and William Harrington — were at the home on Bernadino Drive when Okafor and Bernard forced their way inside, holding the four victims at gunpoint.
The victims were forced to the ground "with guns pointed at their heads," an Ocoee police report states, as the robbers ransacked the home, stealing electronics and personal items, including a cellphone.
The phone had an application that allowed it to be tracked, and authorities followed it to a home on Maplegrove Drive in west Orange County, where they found the getaway car the victims described, reports show.
When the suspects exited the home, police arrested Bernard. Okafor fled on foot, police said, but was later apprehended.
Police found two semiautomatic handguns in plain view inside the car. Searches of the suspects and a bag Okafor dropped as he fled turned up the items stolen in the home invasion, reports indicate.
In June, Orange County Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc granted Okafor bond with the conditions that he have no contact with the victims and comply with home confinement.
Bernard and Okafor have lengthy criminal histories and have spent time in prison, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times