ORLANDO, Fla. — Markeith Loyd is on trial in Orange County, facing a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.
Prosecutors said Loyd killed Dixon in 2016. A month later, they said, he shot Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton to death to avoid capture.
The current trial is only for Dixon's killing.
The jury has found Markeith Loyd guilty on all counts charged against him, including first-degree murder for the slaying of Sade Dixon and her unborn child.
A verdict has been reached by the jury.
The jury has returned to the courtroom with questions regarding Loyd's charges before coming to a verdict.
The court was ordered to recess at 1:10 p.m.
The jury was instructed to begin deliberations in the case against Markeith Loyd.
The defense has ended its closing arguments, and prosecutor Rich Buxman is continuing his closing arguments.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is asking the jury to "keep an open mind" as they assess the evidence in the case. He said Loyd told them who he is, and they should believe that "he was trying to make a change in his life."
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said Loyd just started shooting. "He shoots and shoot and shoots, and then he leaves," Lenamon said.
After he left, Lenamon said Loyd believed that police wanted to kill him, which Lenamon said played into what happened with Lt. Debra Clayton at the Orange County Walmart days later.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said Loyd never racked his gun.
"He told you! People in the hood always leave on in the chamber," Lenamon said.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said Loyd believed that Sade Dixon was reaching for a gun before he started shooting.
"He's being attacked and he starts shooting," Lenamon said.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said the jury needs to look for consistency and truth.
Markeith Loyd told the courtroom what kind of person he is, Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said. Lenamon said Loyd is the only one who has told us the facts of what happened.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is address the role the race played in Loyd's previous convictions.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon accused Dixon's stepfather of lying.
"I'm sorry you lost your daughter. But do you make up stuff because you want to kill this man? Because you want the community to authorize a needle in this man's arm?" Lenamon said.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said the prosecutors introduced problematic evidence to hide the "true story" of what happened during the shooting.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is beginning his closing statements. He tells the jury: "You are the post powerful people here today. Your power is unmatched. Your responsibility is great."
The jury is back in the courtroom. The defense will start its closing arguments momentarily.
Attorney Rick Buxman has concluded the state's first segment of closing arguments. The court will take a 10- to 15-minute recess before the defense begins their closing statements.
Attorney Rich Buxman said both Sade Dixon and her brother, Ronald Stuart, were both shot while down on the ground.
Buxman said Loyd made the decision to pull the trigger of his gun every single time.
Attorney Rich Buxman said Loyd's actions leading up to the shooting prove premeditation.
Attorney Rich Buxman is arguing that there is evidence of premeditation in Markeith Loyd's killing of Sade Dixon.
"As long as there was sufficient time for the defendant to form the intent to kill before he did it, that's premeditation," Buxman said.
Buxman said all of this could have been avoided if Loyd just left the scene before the situation escalated.
The judge has finished reading her jury instructions. Closing arguments are underway with the state going first. Attorney Rich Buxman is speaking now.
The jury instructions being read by judge Leticia Marques are lengthy, detailed and repetitive.
The judge said the jury has three options available to them when it comes to deciding on a verdict: first-degree-murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or murder that's excusable or resulting from the use of deadly force by someone else against Loyd.
Court is in session. The judge said she is going to start the day by reading jury instructions. Closing arguments will begin after that.
We are waiting on closing arguments to begin. They were scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Stay tuned for live updates.
Closing arguments and jury deliberations in the Markeith Loyd murder trial for the death of Sade Dixon will begin Wednesday morning.
That comes the day after Loyd wrapped his testimony on the stand claiming he shot Dixon because he was "being attacked" and "went into warrior mode" and just started shooting.
"She was mad because I was moving on with my life and she was losing her kid," Loyd said while on the stand.
Before the jury was dismissed for the day Tuesday, two jurors were scolded by judge Leticia Marques for conversations that happened regarding the case outside of the courtroom. Throughout the trial, two jurors have already been dismissed from the case.
Later in the day, after the jury had been dismissed, Loyd struggled to stay awake as his lawyers, prosecutors and the judge worked on jury instructions.
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