| Feb 6, 2013
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...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:46 PM
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 —...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 11:07 AM
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...
| Nov 28, 2012
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...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 7:12 AM
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...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 9:17 AM
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.”
| Nov 28, 2012
| 9:03 AM
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...
| Nov 11, 2012
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...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 7:26 AM
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....
| Nov 13, 2012
| 3:00 PM
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...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 12:14 PM
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,...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 2:43 PM
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...