ORLANDO, Fla. — Testimony continued Friday in the sentencing phase of Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial.
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.
You can watch the testimony live in the video player above.
5:30 p.m. update
Testimony has concluded for the day.
In total, the defense has called nearly two dozen witnesses so far including doctors and Loyd’s friends and family members.
Loyd’s mother testified Friday that Loyd’s father was not involved in Loyd’s life, and that she was an absent mother. She said at one point, she had Loyd admitted into a mental health facility.
The defense is trying to convince the jury to spare Loyd’s life, saying he suffers from mental illnesses and went through years of abuse.
2 p.m. update
The state calls psychiatrist Dr. Michael Scott Maher to the stand.
1:50 p.m. update
The state calls Loyd’s aunt, Jackie Hollie, to the stand. She is testifying via Zoom.
1:35 p.m. update
Court has resumed following a lunch break. The jury is not expected to be handed the case until Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
Loyd’s mother was very emotional as she talked about Loyd dealing drugs, his anger issues and how she was an absent mother.
A psychiatrist earlier in the day told the jury that Loyd had real issues with his surroundings and that he felt emotions but didn’t show it.
Court is now in recess for lunch
11 a.m. update
The state calls Markeith Loyd’s mother, Patricia Loyd, to the stand.
9:40 a.m. update
The defense has resumed calling witnesses in the penalty phase of the trial.
Markeith Loyd’s sentencing case likely won’t go to the jury until next week.
The defense still has more witnesses to question as attorneys try to convince jurors not to sentence Loyd to death.
On Thursday, a doctor who evaluated Loyd testified that Loyd has PTSD because of trauma during his childhood.
“He has a history of negative interactions with police over the course of his life,” the doctor said. “He told me he believed the police were trying to kill him.”
The defense will question more witnesses on Friday morning when court starts at 9 a.m.
Channel 9 will livestream the penalty phase on its website. Click here to watch it when it starts.