Jury finds Bessman Okafor guilty of 1st-degree murder

Okafor accused of killing would-be witness in Orlando

By Cathleigh Winningham - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The jury has found on Wednesday the man accused of killing a would-be witness guilty of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

The jury read the verdict Wednesday afternoon, finding Bessman Okafor guilty of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The prosecution in the Okafor murder trial wrapped up its case Monday after calling a series of expert witnesses, and the defense rested its case Tuesday.

Okafor is accused of shooting three people in 2012, killing 19-year-old Alex Zaldivar.  Prosecutors say Okafor did it to keep them from testifying against him in a home invasion trial.

Okafor faces the death penalty. Testimony will continue on Thursday for the penalty phase to determine Okafor's sentence.

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