Second day of testimony in Ocoee home invasion trial

Second day of testimony in Ocoee home invasion trial

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More witness testimony was heard on Friday in high-profile home invasion trial.

Bessman Okafor, 28, and Nolan Bernard, 27, stand accused in the May 2012 incident in Ocoee and face up to life in prison if convicted. 

Siblings Brandon and Brienna Campos took the stand to explain to jurors their recollection of what happened on the night they came face to face with the intruders.  

"I looked back and that's when one of them held a gun to my face and said, 'This isn't a game!  Get on the ground!" said Brandon.

Friday was the second day of testimony.  All of the key witnesses have been examined and cross examined.  The week ended with courtroom drama, not from those witnesses, but from the attorneys in the case.

The third key witness, William Herrington, told the judge under oath that he and Bernard's attorney, Andrew Clark, were in the men's restroom together during a morning break. Herrington said Clark was talking about Bessman Okafor's attorney, Joe Davis.  

"He said this guy [Davis] doesn't know what he is talking about.  He doesn't know what he is doing," Herrington said.  

Herrington also told the judge, "He [Clark] said 'I believe my client has a chance of getting away.'  And I said, 'I wish you the best of luck.'"

Okafor and Bernard are being tried together but with separate attorneys.  Bernard claims that it was Okafor, not him, who participated in the home invasion. 

After the bathroom conversation was revealed by Herrington, Davis asked the judge for a mistrial, but his request was denied.

During testimony on Thursday, Brienna said she had no idea who the two men were when they knocked on her door.

"My blood was pumping," she said.

She said when she opened the door, Okafor and Bernard stormed inside with guns.  She told jurors, "I was scared! I was frightened!"

She said she could clearly identify the two people inside the home. She said that Okafor kept her at gunpoint, saying "Don't move! Don't look or I'll pop off!" 

The home invasion trial was delayed for a year after one of the victims, expected to testify as a witness, was murdered.  Authorities allege that Alex Zaldivar, 19, was shot execution style by one of the defendants.  They say that on the eve of trial, Okafor and Bernard broke into the house a second time and fatally shot Zaldivar.

Prosecutors have said that Okafor and Bernard walked into the Ocoee house and stole a computer and money. They said the two men thought it was a marijuana "grow house."

Brienna was inside playing video games. She said she never met the men, until they busted into her home.

Prosecutor Gary Malak said that was because, "They had the wrong house."

Bernard's attorney has said it was Okafor who was inside that house.  But Okafor's attorney said his client was actually at his sister's home at the time of the crime and that this was a case of cops taking in the wrong man. 

"It was convenient for cops to do so," said Davis.  

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