ORLANDO, Fla. — Jury deliberations began in the sentencing phase of Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial on Tuesday.
Jurors are weighing whether Loyd will spend life in prison or get the death penalty.
5:40 p.m. update
After three hours of deliberation, the jury has concluded its deliberations for the day. The jury will be sequestered in a hotel overnight and will resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
5 p.m. update
Jurors are deliberating whether to recommend life or death for Markeith Loyd for the murder of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
Loyd has already been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex- girlfriend Sade Dixon and her unborn child.
The jury started deliberating just before 3 p.m.
The decision for a death sentence will have to be agreed on by all 12 jurors.
9:50 a.m. update
The state is presenting its closing argument to the jury.
9:30 a.m. update
The judge is reading the jury instructions about the case.
Loyd was convicted last month of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton back in 2017 and is already serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon.
On Monday, defense attorneys argued that Loyd’s difficult childhood, along with mental illness, should keep him from death row.
The defense rested Monday after some confusion over whether or not Loyd would testify.
The jury has been hearing testimony for more than a week.
Proescutors called five rebuttal witnesses, including one of the officers involved in Loyd’s takedown.
Lt. Jonathon Cute said Loyd crawled out of the house he was hiding in and he initially thought Lt. Debra Claytona may have injured him.
“My second thought was that Mr. Loyd has a weapon concealed,” Cute said.
Cute said that he and another SWAT team member approached Loyd. One officer stepped on Loyd’s head and Cute said he kicked Loyd in the left side of his face. Cute said it happened because he was feared that Loyd was going to shoot them.
The state attorney cleared Cute and the other officer, saying the use of force was justified.
Channel 9 will continue to monitor the penalty phase of the trial.
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