Markeith Loyd has been sentenced to death for the murder of an Orlando police officer

The sentence, handed down by Ninth Circuit Judge Leticia Marques, came nearly three months after a jury recommended the death penalty in Loyd’s case and more than five years after Clayton was killed in the drill. of his functions.
In November, a jury found Loyd guilty of killing Clayton during a manhunt that began after Loyd shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and unborn child in December 2016. Loyd was in leaked in January 2017 when he shot and killed Clayton as she attempted to confront him outside a Walmart, police said. He was arrested a few days later.

CNN affiliate WFTV reported that Loyd’s family and attorney did not speak on Thursday, but said Loyd “verbally lambasted after his death sentence was handed down.”

Loyd was found guilty of five counts, according to court records, including first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, carjacking with a firearm fire and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Loyd was convicted in October 2019 of multiple charges in the murder of pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon. He avoided the death penalty in that case after a jury recommended a life sentence.
Markeith Loyd, convicted of murdering Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, shouts at the gallery as deputies lead him out of the courtroom following his death sentence on March 3, 2022.
In a statement Thursday, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón acknowledged that “nothing can undo the grief created by the heinous actions of the defendant”, but said “we hope it will bring comfort to our community, knowing that a dangerous murderer will face the highest penalty provided by the law”.
Clayton, 42, was a staff sergeant in the police department at the time of her death and was posthumously promoted to lieutenant.

In his statement, Rolón remembered Clayton as someone who “impacted the lives of those around him throughout the city of Orlando”, in part highlighting his involvement with Operation Positive Direction, a local mentoring program for middle and high school youth.

“While this decision may bring some influence, we will never forget Debra’s sacrifice to the Orlando Police Department and the City of Orlando,” the Chief said. “We pledge to serve in honor of Lt. Debra Clayton, always.”


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