Trial postponed for man suspected in witness killing


OCOEE, Fla. - The trial for a man suspected of conspiring to kill witnesses to a violent home invasion was postponed until December, WFTV learned on Monday.

Bessman Okafor was supposed to go on trial in September, but the day before the trial started, there was another home invasion at the same home in Ocoee during which a witness was shot to death.

Okafor's third attorney withdrew from the case, which was why the trial was postponed.

Alex Zalvidar was supposed to testify, but he was killed before he could ever point out the people involved in a home invasion.

In December, Rafael Zalvidar will go face-to-face with Okfar, who is suspected of conspiring to kill his 19-year-old son.

"When I see him behind that glass, that's when I am going to laugh at him and I will have my peace," Zalvidar said.

But police said they were working to figure out how Okafor was involved in the execution-style shooting.

Brienna and Remington Campos were also shot, but they survived.

Investigators said the victims were set to testify against Okafor in a previous home invasion case.

"I play that scenario over and over again. I just want to take him apart," said Zalvidar.

Police said Okafor's girlfriend and a close friend were arrested for allegedly tampering with the investigation, lying about the gun used and holding back information.

They also said Okafor's mother tried to pay off witnesses before the second home invasion that left Alex Zalvidar dead.