Defiant Orlando cop-killing suspect interrupts judge in court

Lt. Debra Clayton was lying on her back when Markeith Loyd fatally shot her "execution style" in the neck during their encounter at an Orlando Walmart on January 9, according to a newly released warrant. At the time, he was already wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and injuring her brother who tried to help.

Orlando Police say the patrol auto belonging to a murdered police officer has been vandalized.

Loyd was somber at first, answering the judge's questions with "yes" or "no".

"Unbelievably sad someone would vandalize Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle", Orlando Police posted on its Twitter account. Loyd was a suspect in his pregnant ex-girlfriend's slaying.

As Loyd appears to reach the street, the video shows several officers rush the man and it looks like at least two officers kicked at his head.

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"I'm not finished talking because y'all been making up shit the whole time", Loyd responded, before going on to speak out in defense of the three people who have been arrested thus far for allegedly helping him evade arrest. Mina said officers are judged regarding the "totality of circumstances" when they look at use of force; officials will try to determine what an objectively reasonable officer would have done in light of those circumstances that night.

Loyd killed Clayton "execution-style", Mina said. Mina said Clayton was still alive when, he said, Loyd stood "over her defenseless body" and fired multiple shots at her, killing her.

"He is a coldblooded killer, and we were taking no chances with him", he said. Mina confirmed at his press conference that Loyd had sustained facial injuries including a fractured bone in his left eye socket and damage to the same eye.

In connection with the death of his former girlfriend, Loyd was charged with one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm. Loyd had to be hospitalized until Wednesday night, and was then jailed. Loyd's arrest was the result of detective work, not tips from the public, Mina said, despite a $125,000 reward for information leading to Loyd's arrest.

Orange County Judge Jeanette Bigney ordered Loyd held without bond.

  • Ismael Montgomery