| Apr 2, 2013
Chief Judge Belvin Perry on Tuesday suspended the GPS monitoring program used by judges in Orange County as a condition of bail or for those on pretrial release in criminal cases "until further notice."
The move came two days after police said Wilford...
| Feb 19, 2013
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...
| 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 —...
| 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 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 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...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:15 PM
Celebration hired Evans graduate Dennis Thomas to be the new head football coach on Friday.
"I fell in love with everything there," said Thomas. "I’m happy to get my first job and I’m eager to get going."
Thomas, 32, has been an...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Anguish turned to anger for Bobby Stout's mother and sister in April, when an Orange County circuit judge decided the woman who ran him down on a sidewalk two years ago would not get any jail time.
"When you killed our Bobby, you took an innocent,"...
| 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....
| Sep 21, 2013
| 1:25 PM
A man is in critical condition and a teen is in jail after a head-on crash Friday night in Orange County.
Tra'von Butler-Taylor, 18, of Orlando, was driving a stolen 2002 Buick four-door car southbound on Hiawassee Road near Clarcona Ocoee Road....