ORLANDO, Fla. — Markeith Loyd, who was convicted in the killing of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, is expected back in court Monday as his defense attorneys try to convince a judge to spare his life.
What You Need To Know
- Monday's hearing will allow defense attorneys to try to convince the judge to spare Markeith Loyd's life
- The jury that found him guilty in the killing of Clayton recommended Loyd receive the death penalty
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In December, a jury recommended the death penalty as Loyd’s sentence in connection with the killing of Clayton.
The judge is allowing Loyd’s defense attorneys another chance to present evidence they hope will ultimately convince the judge to recommend life in prison instead of the death penalty for Loyd. The judge gets the final decision.
During his trial, Loyd’s attorneys tried to argue Loyd suffers from several mental illnesses that led to his actions. They argue Loyd should serve out multiple life sentences instead of being sentenced to death.
On Monday, Loyd’s defense attorneys are expected to present more evidence about Loyd’s mental health.
Another mental health expert for the defense is expected to testify at the hearing. A final sentencing is scheduled for early March.
In January, a Spencer hearing gave the state and defense a final chance to present evidence to the judge for her to consider before she makes a final sentencing decision.
At that hearing, Loyd tried to defend his actions at the Orlando Walmart where he shot and killed Clayton.
“I tried to turn myself in twice at Walmart," Loyd said at the time. "Walmart never had to happen.”
The judge also heard statements from those close with Clayton.
“I truly miss her, and I love her,” said Ashley Thomas, Clayton’s sister. “And one day I’ll be able to see her again and thank her once again for everything that she’s done for us.”
Loyd is already serving life in prison for the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and their unborn child, which he was convicted of killing in 2019.