A convicted Florida murderer was found guilty on Wednesday after he had killed a cop who tried to arrest him for murdering his pregnant girlfriend.
The guilty verdict for Markeith Loyd, 46, was reached following a five-hour deliberation.
Loyd had shot and killed Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton outside of a Walmart on January 2017 as she attempted to arrest him for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, 24, who he had killed weeks earlier.
He was found guilty of Dixon’s murder in October 2019.
However, Loyd denied murdering Clayton but has now been found guilty of her murder as well as the attempted murder of another police officer at the scene and for carjacking when he tried to escape.
Jurors will decide on Saturday if Loyd will face the death penalty or not.
Convicted Florida murderer, 46, was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering an Orlando police officer in January 2017 who attempted to arrest him for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend
Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton was shot three times in the thigh, hips and abdomen as well as a fatal shot to the neck by Loyd in a Walmart parking lot
Prior to the verdict, the court heard testimony from witnesses and the medical examiner during Loyd’s second-murder trial on Wednesday.
The questions asked by the jury seemed keen on settling the debate over whether Loyd or Clayton had made the first shot on the night she was killed.
Loyd’s defense attorney Terence Lenamon had claimed that Clayton had shot first that night and that his client had only shot back in self-defense.
Prosecutor Ryan Williams, however, debated the opposite as he claimed that Clayton had never fired at all, despite video evidence showing she appeared to have her arm out to open fire.
‘If you can see her arm extended in that video, more power to you,’ Williams said.
‘I would submit to you it’s entirely unclear based upon the video quality that we have.’
Loyd tearfully rejected Williams’ claims on Tuesday after he continued to put blame on him for Clayton’s death.
Williams had said that Loyd would have killed any member of law enforcement that attempted to arrest him for his girlfriend’s murder as he likely did not want to go back to jail.
Markeith Loyd knew he was being pursued by police after he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, 24, weeks before killing Clayton
He had previously been released in 2014 after he was convicted of felony battery of an officer in 1998 and was on probation at the time of his girlfriend’s murder.
Clayton was said to have intended to hunt down Loyd for his girlfriend’s murder and bring him into custody.
The prosecutor claimed that Clayton also could have survived the three shots she received to the thigh, hips and abdomen if he had not returned to make the final shot to her neck.
‘Debra Clayton is dead because of anger,’ Williams continued. ‘Is dead because of hatred.’
‘She is dead because a man valued his freedom more than he valued her life.’
Officers had been cleared to use force in Loyd’s arrest following the fatal shooting of Clayton.
Loyd lost an eye after a mass of officers peppered him with punches, kicks and blows from rifle muzzles when he was located at an abandoned house in Carver Shores, weeks after Clayton’s killing.
He had claimed in an emotional statement to Clayton’s husband that he did not kill his wife and made it out to be that he was the victim of a rough childhood.
‘As you saw in his testimony. The guy is a jerk,’ Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
‘He is an evil person who did anything possible he could do to get away from law enforcement.’
Markeith Loyd had claimed that he had shot Clayton in self-defense after she had allegedly opened fire on him
Loyd was previously found guilty of his girlfriend Dixon’s murder in October 2019.
In the earlier 2019 murder trial, Loyd and his defense argued that he went into ‘warrior mode,’ reacting to Dixon’s brother Ronald Stewart attacking him, and that he was attempting to defend himself when he shot the woman eight times.
‘I wanted my child,’ Loyd said in his testimony. ‘I never meant to kill my queen.’
He said that he went to Dixon’s house on December 13, 2016, to try to convince her not to have an abortion.
Loyd said his ex-girlfriend then pulled a gun on him, which he then took and store with his two guns until her brother – Ronald Stewart – came to check on them.
Loyd was previously pronounced guilty in October 2019 for fatally shooting Dixon
Loyd is said to have shot Dixon and Stewart as they were walking back to their house.
Dixon was three months pregnant, according to News 6, and had 2 and 8-year-old children.
His lawyers argued that Stewart attacked Loyd, causing the gun to go off and hit him.
Loyd said that he believed Dixon picked up the gun, prompting him to go into ‘defense mode’ and open fire on her – he said it was ‘life or death.’