Markeith Loyd found guilty in 2017 murder of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton

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Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, Orlando law enforcement officer shot and killed by Loyd. - PHOTO VIA ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, Orlando law enforcement officer shot and killed by Loyd.
After five hours of deliberation, jurors found Markeith Loyd guilty of the murder of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.

The verdict was 1st-degree murder. Loyd was also found guilty of the attempted murder of a second police officer, and of a carjacking committed while attempting to flee the scene.



Clayton encountered Loyd in the parking lot of a Walmart while he was on the run from the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon. Loyd is already serving life in prison for the killing of Dixon and her unborn baby.

The jury returns Saturday to begin penalty phase, in which they will decide whether or not Loyd will be sentenced to death.



The jury must give a unanimous recommendation for the judge to impose the death penalty, but given the Florida Supreme Court's recent decisions regarding the rules around orders of execution, a defense appeal is likely if that happens.

A reverse timeline of some of our coverage is below.



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