Markieth Loyd, accused cop killer, swears at judge, claims innocence

The man accused of killing an Orlando police officer who was attempting to arrest him on charges he'd killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend claimed police are lying about both amidst a profanity-laced tirade in court on Thursday.

Loyd was arrested Tuesday after a nine-day manhunt following his alleged "execution-style" shooting of Clayton outside a Walmart when she approached him on January 9.

"Everything you say is being recorded sir", the judge said, confirming that Loyd was speaking under oath.

Mina also confirmed that the officers who arrested Loyd on Tuesday face an excessive force investigation, but he believes they acted appropriately. At that point, the chopper camera panned away.

As Clayton was on the radio with the dispatcher, three gunshots could be heard and the call went dead, investigators said. After the officer's shooting, police arrested three people for aiding Loyd in escaping capture after killing his Dixon on December 13.

The individual told Clayton that while she was in line to check out, she realized Loyd was standing behind her, investigators said.

One of the bullets hit Clayton in her right hip, causing her to fall on the ground and hit her face on the pavement.

Loyd killed Clayton "execution-style", Mina said.

An affidavit filed Wednesday with the Orange County Clerk of Courts shows authorities want to make sure 41-year-old Markeith Loyd remains in custody. 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. He tried to escape out the back door when he was confronted by police and was apprehended when he tried to run out the front door.

Citing a forensic examination by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the arrest warrant says the same gun was used in both killings: A.40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun.

He was injured during the arrest and spent 21 hours in the hospital before being taken to the Orange County Jail.

Marketih Loyd has been charged with Clayton's murder and the killing of his pregnant girlfriend. Dixon left Loyd and moved in with her parents after the couple had a fight in which he bit her in the shoulder and she required a tetanus shot, according to the affidavit.

The judge said Thursday that Loyd would have a hearing in one week to determine counsel for him in the case over Dixon's death.

  • Sylvester Abbott