Bessman Okafor wasn't supposed to leave his house without permission as he awaited trial for a violent May home invasion that could have sent him to prison for life.
But court records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show Okafor was anything but confined. A report detailing his "curfew alerts" — when Okafor's ankle monitor lost contact with the base inside his home — showed 109 notifications during the 10 weeks he was out of jail on home confinement.
During one of his final, unauthorized jaunts, police say Okafor gunned down three people on Sept. 10, the eve of his trial, killing 19-year-old Alex Zaldivar and wounding two others. On that date, records show Okafor was out of his house for nearly five hours before, during and after the slaying.
No one at Orange County Corrections, the agency charged with monitoring defendants on home confinement, notified a judge about Okafor's curfew violations.
It's unclear whether anyone in the criminal-justice system knew where Okafor was, what he was doing while he was out or if anyone tried to prevent him from further violating the rules.
Orlando homicide detectives say Okafor orchestrated a complex conspiracy to eliminate the witnesses who could send him to jail for the rest of his life. In May, Okafor and another man, Nolan Bernard stormed the victims' Ocoee home, tied them, up and robbed them at gunpoint. Both were caught a few hours later with the stolen items.
The state is seeking the death penalty against Okafor, Donnell Godfrey and Emmanuel Wallace if they are convicted. The alleged triggermen are accused of shooting Zaldivar and his roommates Brienna Campos and her brother Remington...(click pic to continue reading)