OPD Chief Mina angered Markeith Loyd will not face death penalty

The murder suspect will make an appearance in court on Wednesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chief John Mina expressed his anger that the State Attorney's Office will not seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando police officer Debra Clayton and his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon.

CBS affiliate WKMG reported that Mina said in a post on Twitter that he was "extremely upset" about the decision that Loyd could face a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

""I have spoken with the State Attorney (Aramis Ayala) and I'm extremely upset that she will not be seeking the death penalty for triple murderer Markeith Loyd. >I have seen the video of MarkeithLoydMina wrote on Twitter.

Mina talked with WKMG anchor Matt Austin and said he has "no idea" why State Attorney Ayala is not pursuing the death penalty. Mina also told WKMG that Orlando Police Department staff informed Clayton's widowed husband, Seth, about the decision and that Seth said he was "not happy."

The State Attorney's Office did not reply to WKMG's request for a statement.

Loyd is set to stand trial on May 1 for the Dixon homicide case and June 19 for the Clayton case. Loyd is acting as his own defense attorney and has claimed that he is a "sovereign citizen."

The State Attorney's Office is planning to hold a press conference today to announce it's decision, according to a Facebook post from the Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge 25.

Stay with 10News for more from this developing story.

 

© 2017 WTSP-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment