Accomplice in Ocoee home invasion murder jailed despite agreeing to testify

State says Nesley Ciceron should stay in jail for safety, monitoring reasons

Published On: Apr 18 2013 05:26:27 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2013 06:52:09 PM EDT
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OCOEE, Fla. -

An accomplice who allegedly drove the man charged with killing a witness slated to testify against him in a home invasion trial will remain in jail, even though he has agreed to testify.

Nesly Ciceron, who investigators say drove Bessman Okafor to Alex Zaldivar's house, where Okafor killed Zaldivar, has pleaded guilty to a felony, but has agreed to testify against Okafor in order to receive a lesser sentence.

Ciceron wanted to be released from jail while awaiting Okafor's trial. But the state and victims' families, wanted to to keep Ciceron in jail because they're worried someone might harm him before he testifies.

"It just would have been so unfair. I was sitting on the edge of my seat thinking they were going to let him go. He participated willingly," said Deanna Campos, mother of victims.

Also, with home confinement and GPS programs suspended in light of Okafor's case, there would be no way to monitor Ciceron. He will get credit for the time he's been in jail awaint Okafor's trial.

Okafor is accused of killing Zaldivar at the home on Bernadino Drive after bribe attempts failed in fall 2012.

Deputies said Zaldivar and his roommates, Remington Campos 23, and Brienna Campos 20, was set to testify against Okafor before Zaldivar died.

Okafor still faces murder charges.