Convicted killer Bessman Okafor wants prosecutor removed from case

Attorneys say State Attorney Brad King has conflict of interest

Bessman Okafor.
Bessman Okafor.

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County man convicted of murder could find out if the state attorney prosecuting him will be removed from his case. 

A hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon in the case against Bessman Okafor. 

Okafor was sentenced to death for the 2012 murder of Alex Zaldivar. 

However, Okafor needs to be re-sentenced because the verdict was overturned after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled death sentences must be unanimous. 

Defense attorneys have filed a motion requesting State Attorney Brad King be removed from the case. They allege King has a conflict of interest because he sits on a panel that decides funding for death penalty inmates. 


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