Witness-tampering trial of Bessman Okafor's mom begins today - FOX 35 News Orlando

Witness-tampering trial of Bessman Okafor's mom begins today

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The witness-tampering trial of the mother of a man accused of murdering a witness set to testify against him begins today in an Orange County courtroom.

Catalina Ruffin-Sinclair went to the Ocoee home of Alex Zaldivar and tried to bribe him with offers of a car and cash so he wouldn't testify against her son, Bessman Okafor, according to police records.

Ruffin-Sinclair faces first-degree felony charges.

Okafor is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 10 shooting death of Zaldivar, just before Zaldivar was set to testify against him in a home-invasion case.

Brienna Campos and her brother were also shot but survived.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Okafor broke his home confinement curfew more than 100 times during a 10-week period, including the night he's accused of killing Zaldivar.

Orange County Corrections is investigating why no one notified a judge about Okafor's violations, the website said.

Check back for updates.

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