• 'I grabbed her by the neck, and I pushed her down,' Markeith Loyd testifies

    By: Jason Kelly , Field Sutton , Ken Tyndall

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Prosecutors rested their case Monday and Markeith Loyd spent hours on the stand testifying in his murder trial.

    Loyd has been charged with first-degree murder in the December 2016 shooting death of Sade Dixon, his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

    Officials said Loyd fatally shot Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in January 2017 to avoid capture, but that case will be tried separately.

    Loyd, who was fitted with a stun cuff, testified Monday that he was addicted to Facebook and often livestreamed videos of himself on the social media platform.

    Watch raw footage of Loyd's testimony below:

    He described to his lawyer what he looks for in a woman.

    "What you got to offer to a relationship? What your credit score is?" Loyd said during testimony.

    He said he met Dixon through Facebook after she sent him a friend request.

    Read: Markeith Loyd trial timeline: Day 11

    Defense attorneys played several videos of Loyd and Dixon recorded weeks before her death, including one of them joking with one another while lying in bed.

    Dixon was seeking recommendations for a hairstylist in the Facebook Live video.

    Dixon's mother closed her eyes and listened to her daughter's voice while the videos were played, and Loyd swiveled back and forth in a chair while on the stand.

    In one of the videos, Loyd and Dixon joked about being from different neighborhoods, and he said she took out his gun.

    "She, like, 'Shit, 'I'm from Richmond Heights. I'll put a fire on your ass.' And she pulled out the pistol. So I'm looking, like, 'Man you tripping,'" he said.

    His lawyers were trying to show jurors that Dixon also handled guns and that she and her brother provoked the shooting.

    Sade Dixon
    Sade Dixon

    Loyd told jurors that he and Dixon had disagreements about smoking marijuana and eating meat.

    "I grabbed her by the neck, and I pushed her down. And when I did that, I told her I was fixing to leave," he said. "I'm fixing to give you about two days to see if you'll fight for this love to see what you really want, or I'll go on about my business."

    The couple broke up, but they exchanged text messages less than an hour before Dixon's death.

    Watch the judge question jurors about a conversation they had below:

    "Don't expect no baby," she told Loyd.

    He said he thought she was going to have an abortion.

    "I was going to leave her, but I didn't want her to abort the baby," Loyd said.

    The judge excused a second juror after Loyd's hourslong testimony ended. 

    Click here for a full recap of Monday's proceedings, and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live, in-depth coverage of the trial.

    Court will resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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