Niece of alleged police killer knew his whereabouts, deputies say

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The niece of a man wanted for allegedly killing an Orlando police sergeant on Monday and his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month was arrested Wednesday, authorities said.

Orange County deputies said Lakensha Smith-Loyd went to the restaurant where the suspect, Markeith Loyd, worked on Jan. 7 to pick up his $200 paycheck.

Smith-Loyd was named in an arrest report for Zarghee Mayanwho was arrested on charges that he helped Loyd, 41, hide after Loyd's pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, was killed on Dec. 13.

She spoke to Channel 9 in December, urging her uncle to turn himself in.

But deputies said Smith-Loyd knew where Loyd was after Dixon's death, and would only turn him in if deputies would tell her if they found a gun at the scene because she believed he was defending himself.

An arrest affidavit said Smith-Loyd called deputies with intimate knowledge of Dixon's shooting death that had not yet been released. 

Deputies said she ultimately became uncooperative with the investigation.

 

 

Smith-Loyd was accused of taking the money to Loyd as recently as Saturday.

She is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to life, which is a second-degree felony. 

Smith-Loyd was being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of a $750,000 bond.

Watch: Court appearance of Smith-Loyd

Loyd worked at Texas Fried Chicken with Mayan. 

Mayan is the one who told deputies that Smith-Loyd went to the restaurant to get the paycheck, investigators said.

Loyd has been sought by deputies since Dixon’s killing. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is working to release more details about Smith-Loyd's arrest.

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton tried to stop Loyd on Monday when she saw him in a Walmart parking lot, but he fired at her multiple times, killing her, police said.

A fullfledged, multi-agency manhunt has been underway since the shooting

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).