Two men arrested in connection to the September Ocoee witness killing of Alex Zaldivar were indicted this afternoon by the Orange County Grand Jury.
Emmaneul Wallace and Donnell Godfrey were arrested in December on charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. They are alleged accomplices of 28-year-old Bessman Okafor who is accused of orchestrating a complex conspiracy to kill witnesses who were slated to testify against him.
Okafor was indicted in December and the state announced it will be seeking the death penalty against him.
Okafor and another man, Nolan Bernard, were arrested in connection to an armed home invasion in Ocoee in May. Okafor bonded out of jail and police say he made a plan to kill the witnesses to prevent them from testifying.
The day before the trial for the May home invasion, Okafor, Wallace and Godfrey are accused of driving to the victim's Ocoee home on Sept. 10, rousing them from bed and shooting them execution-style in the living room.
Zaldivar, 19, died in the shooting. Brienna Campos, a witness, and her brother Remington, survived the shooting. Remington Campos was not a witness in the first home invasion.
Orlando Police, working on behalf of the Joint Homicide Investigation Team, arrested eight of Okafor's friends and family in connection to the slaying.
Okafor's girlfriend, Sherria Gordon, friend Nesly Ciceron along with Wallace, Godfrey and Okafor are all being held without bail at the Orange County Jail on charges connected to the homicide.
The grand jury also indicted 38-year-old Jerry Tyson, the man accused of stabbing to death a disabled man inside of a McDonald's restaurant on Christmas Day. Tyson had been released from prison five days earlier after serving several years on a manslaughter conviction.
The victim, 52-year-old Steven Lang, was stabbed repeatedly with a butcher-knife, similar to Tyson's murder victim in 1999 near the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee.
Court and prison records indicate Tyson has a 20-year history of mental illness and has been treated for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
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