Markeith Loyd officially charged in killing of Orlando police officer
- Author: Aubrey Nash Jan 21, 2017,
Jan 21, 2017, 0:46
Markeith Loyd will face several murder charges in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer.
Multiple Orlando Police Department officers responded to the scene and three worked continually to give Clayton CPR until paramedics arrived.
One neighbor in the west Orlando neighborhood where Markeith Loyd was arrested says people are scared of repercussions if they talk to police.
Loyd can be seen looping around while pulling a handgun from the waistband of his trousers before taking cover behind a concrete pillar, the warrant said.
In an expletive laden statement to the judge during his first court appearance, Loyd said he had been physically assaulted by the arresting officers. Loyd is accused of fatally shooting Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
The 41-year-old is also facing charges in the fatal shooting of Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.
During his court appearance, Loyd said police are lying about what happened at Walmart, as well as who killed Sade Dixon, and declined a public defender because he wants to represent himself.
Loyd in court on Thursday countered that he didn't resist arrest and complained that he was being portrayed unfairly in the media.
According to the Orange County Jail's website, Loyd is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault, and wearing a bulletproof vest while committing an offense in connection with Clayton's death. Loyd said Dixon's brother, Ronald Stewart, attacked him during the encounter. "After they handcuffed him, and searched him, pulled off his body armor, he had a large bag of ammunition".
Mina said he expects more arrests in the case for anyone who helped him evade police.
"Let's not rush to judgment, let's let the use of force investigation play out, and remember that we're dealing with an extremely unsafe, violent and unpredictable person", Mina said. He said authorities didn't know how long Loyd been in the house, which was abandoned but does have ties to his associates. Mina said today that after Loyd first shot Clayton, he had a clear and unobstructed path to his vehicle, but he chose to run over to where Clayton was.
Orange County Judge Jeanette Bigney ordered Loyd held without bond.
Loyd was tossed behind bars Wednesday night subsequent to getting restorative treatment for his wounds amid the capture.
Officers involved in the arrest are still on full duty, Mina said.
Demings said Loyd would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Dixon's death last month.