TIMELINE: Penalty phase of Markeith Loyd’s murder trial continues for 2nd day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tuesday marks day two in the penalty phase of the Markeith Loyd trial.


So far, we’ve watched witnesses take the stand and get emotional as they recalled Lt. Debra Clayton’s life and death.

Loyd was convicted of killing Clayton early this month.

READ: TIMELINE: Testimony begins in penalty phase of Markeith Loyd trial

5:35 p.m. update

Court wrapped for the second day of the penalty phase of Markeith Loyd’s murder trial.

Loyd’s friends and brother were the last to testify Tuesday evening. They both said they loved Loyd and would visit him if he was in prison.

4:15 p.m. update

The defense calls Tyrian Wesley, a high school classmate of Loyd, to the stand.

3:50 p.m. update

The defense calls Markeith Loyd’s brother, Barry Jacobs, to the stand.

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3:20 p.m. update

The defense is expected to call 20 witnesses this week, and the state has two rebuttal witnesses to call before the penalty phase is over.

1:35 p.m. update

The state has rested its case in the penalty phase of the trial. The defense is now calling witnesses to the stand. Their first witness is Brian Savelli with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

12:10 p.m. update

Clayton’s cousin Francine Thomas testified that she and Clayton had recently reconnected and were inseparable until the day Clayton died.

In an emotional round of testimony, Thomas said Clayton needed to go to the Walmart where she was shot and killed to buy ingredients for a shepherd’s pie dinner she was going to make for her husband.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?

10:10 a.m. update

Emotional testimony is continuing from witnesses reflecting on Clayton’s life and death.


On Tuesday, we expect prosecutors to talk about the use of force by Orlando police during Loyd’s arrest, telling the jury that should not factor in their decision when they decide if Loyd should be sent to death row.

The defense will try to sway the jury by saying Loyd has already suffered a tough childhood, time in prison and the loss of his eye.

On Monday, Orlando‘s District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill told the jury what Clayton meant to her.

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“She was the hope of the hopeless,” Hill said. “That void had yet to be filled, if ever.”

The goal for prosecutors is to set the stage for a death sentence.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?

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They want to show jurors that Loyd has a history of violence.

The sentencing phase will resume at 9 a.m. Channel 9 will livestream it on its website. Click here to watch it when it starts.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.