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  • In witness shooting, alleged accomplice says prime suspect confessed to him

    The prime suspect in the Ocoee witness killing allegedly confessed to the shooting to an accomplice, according to newly released evidence in the case. Details of Bessman Okafor's alleged confession — a day after the homicide — and statements...
  • Zaldivar family hosts prayer vigil as Okafor jury is selected

    Zaldivar family hosts prayer vigil as Okafor jury is selected
    A year to the day after Alex Zaldivar was slain, his parents took special care to see that the memory of their 19-year-old son lives on — especially during the trial of his accused killer. The trial for Bessman Okafor and Nolan Bernard —...
  • Mother of Ocoee home-invasion suspect faces witness-tampering charge

    Mother of Ocoee home-invasion suspect faces witness-tampering charge
    In the weeks before Bessman Okafor was slated to go to trial in a May home-invasion robbery in Ocoee, records show, his mother harassed the witnesses in that case and tried to persuade them to drop the charges. On the eve of the trial last week, armed...
  • Orlando-area hospital grades

    Orlando-area hospital grades
    These Central Florida hospitals were graded in both Leapfrog reports. Health analysts based the grades on 26 variables, including rates of infections; medication mix-ups; acquired injuries (including bedsores); and other sources of harm that can often...
  • Suspects in deadly Ocoee home invasion held without bond

    Suspects in deadly Ocoee home invasion held without bond
    Murder suspect Bessman Okafor and his pregnant girlfriend Sherria Gordon, both accused in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man, were ordered held without bond by an Orange County judge today. The defendants appeared separately and said little during...
  • Gay 'power'

    Gay 'power'
    Aug. 28 Every time I read a letter like that of Leigh McEachern on Sunday, I am taken back to my childhood days and the cartoon He Man. When He Man needed to change into his superpower alter ego, he proclaimed, “I have the power.” By...
  • Judge denies bond for murder suspect's pregnant girlfriend

    Judge denies bond for murder suspect's pregnant girlfriend
    The pregnant girlfriend of an Ocoee murder suspect, who has been charged as an accessory to the crime, was denied bond Tuesday. Sherria Gordon, who is nine-months pregnant, was ordered held without bond and will remain at the Orange County Jail. She...
  • Orlando Sentinel restaurant review: RusTeak is a chip off the old Teak

    Orlando Sentinel restaurant review: RusTeak is a chip off the old Teak
    Orlando's Teak Neighborhood Grill has spun off a sibling with RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee. Both eateries specialize in handcrafted flatbreads, pastas and burgers, as well as signature cocktails and craft beers. The food at both locations is...
  • Ocoee home invasion suspect gets new trial date

    Ocoee home invasion suspect gets new trial date
    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....
  • Police charge home invasion suspect in Ocoee witness killing

    Police charge home invasion suspect in Ocoee witness killing
    Just hours before Bessman Okafor was slated to stand trial in a home invasion case, authorities say he set out to ensure that his victims wouldn't be testifying against him. On the eve of his trial for the May home invasion, cops say Okafor drove to his...
  • Photos: Obama's road to reelection through Central Florida

    Photos: Obama's road to reelection through Central Florida
    For Team Obama, the legendary I-4 corridor once again was a key destination during their 2012 campaign in Florida. Pres. Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their campaign surrogates made dozens of trips, rallying supporters in Orlando, Brevard,...
  • Privatization fears, finger-pointing marked troubled home-confinement program

    Privatization fears, finger-pointing marked troubled home-confinement program
    The criminal allegations against Nolan Bernard could put him in prison for life. But on Monday, it was his tenuous link to Orange County's home-confinement program — through its most damning failure, the case of Bessman Okafor — that he was...