TIMELINE: Court in recess for Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial

ORLANDO, Fla. — Day two of testimony is underway in Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial.

Loyd is accused of fatally shooting Lt. Debra Clayton in 2017. At the time, Loyd was on the run for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.


5:30 p.m. update

Court is in recess for the day.

4:30 p.m. update

Today jurors got a look at the bullets that killed Clayton.

Detectives, crime scene investigators and the medical examiner all took the stand on Wednesday. They offered difficult testimony for Clayton’s husband and family to hear.

Dr. Joshua Stephany said one of the bullets exited her body and ricocheted on the concrete or bullet proof vest and hit her in the back, but it was a bullet to her neck that was fatal.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

The prosecution is on day two of calling witnesses.

Orlando police detective Peter Cadiz took the stand to talk about the manhunt for Loyd after he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child.

Cadiz said after Loyd shot and killed Clayton he carjacked someone and then the trail went cold. No one reported seeing Loyd for eight days.

Prosecutors could wrap up their case this week.

Noon update

Court is on break for lunch.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?

10:55 a.m. update

The state calls Charles “Chuck” Ashworth to the stand. He worked at Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 in violent fugitive apprehension.

He is detailing what happened when he and other deputies responded to the home on Lescot Lane where Markeith Loyd was found days after Clayton was shot and killed.

10:45 a.m. update

The state calls Orlando police officer Paul Foster to the stand. Foster worked in K-9 unit in January 2017 when Clayton was shot and killed.

He is detailing his involvement in the search for Markeith Loyd that day.

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10 a.m. update

Witnesses and investigators are continuing to testify on the stand.


Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Loyd. He was sentenced to life in prison for Dixon’s murder.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?

On Tuesday, prosecutors presented evidence and witnesses.

The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

Testimony is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Channel 9 will livestream the trial here.

Check back and watch Eyewitness News for live updates.

READ: Markeith Loyd murder trial: How to watch

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