First officer to come into contact with Markeith Loyd night of arrest to take stand for prosecutors

ORLANDO, Fla. — Helicopter video will be shown during the penalty phase in the Markeith Loyd trial that shows Loyd during his capture crawling out of the house, surrendering.

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The defense will tell jurors that during his arrest he was kicked in the face and hit with a rifle. It was that kicking they say caused Loyd to lose his left eye and that his attorney says left him with emotional scars.

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One of the very first officers to come into contact with Loyd that night is expected to take the stand for prosecutors. Some say this is a surprising move since prosecutors want the death penalty.

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The state attorney’s investigation said the officer did kick Loyd in the left side of the face, but the use of force was justified because police that Loyd was armed.

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