‘Time to go to trial, folks': Judge calls for no more delays in Markeith Loyd trial

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — With only days to go until the trial of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd, the judge in the case is asking for no more delays.

Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in December of 2016 and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in January 2017.

His trial for the death of Dixon is scheduled to start Friday. But Loyd and his lawyers were in court Wednesday to file numerous motions that could have further delayed the case.

Loyd said his lawyers, who have represented him for 14 months, have not had time to prepare.

"It's been three years. Time to go to trial, folks," the judge said.

After requesting and getting a judge’s approval to have both trials held separately, Loyd's lawyers said he's changed his mind -- unless they can have a complete firewall between the two cases.

His attorneys said they plan to have his niece testify about his plans to surrender after Clayton's death. They said the testimony is intended to prove the two cases should have a firewall between them.

Loyd is being held at the Orange County Jail without bail. He is charged with first-degree murder in both killings and is facing the death penalty if found guilty.

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