• Markeith Loyd trial timeline: Day 13

    By: Sarah Wilson , Kelly Healey

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    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.

    5:49 p.m.

    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. 

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    5:28 p.m.

    A verdict has been reached by the jury.

    3:45 p.m.

    The jury has returned to the courtroom with questions regarding Loyd's charges before coming to a verdict.

     

     

    1 p.m.

    After the jury left the courtroom, Judge Leticia Marques asked Loyd if there was anything he was not satisfied with.

     

    Loyd, who was visibly upset, said he had some issues about the closing arguments and "The BS they wrote up."

     

    Loyd constantly spoke over Marques, who repeatedly told him to stop and told him it was not testimony.

     

    "Mr. Loyd, I just need you to tell me, succinctly, what you wanted your lawyers to argue," Marques said.

     

    Loyd also asked for blood tests to be done because officers moved the body. He also asked that his defense argue about Dixon running to the door.

     

    Loyd complained that some of his witnesses were intimidated by law enforcement and failed to give the performance on the stand that he had hoped for.

     

    The court was ordered to recess at 1:10 p.m.

     

    12:55 p.m.

    The jury was instructed to begin deliberations in the case against Markeith Loyd.

    12:45 p.m.

    Judge Leticia Marques read the jury instructions to the court.  

    "The verdict must be unanimous," she said.

    12:30 p.m.

    During the second half of the prosecution's closing arguments, Rich Buxman talked about Loyd's relationship with Sade Dixon. Buxman said Dixon took her clothes and other belongings to her mother's home and ended the relationship.

     

    He spoke about the text messages between Loyd and Dixon. Buxman said Loyd consistently texted Dixon after they broke up, asking, "Where are you at and who are you with?" All this while he was still sleeping with his ex-girlfriend.

     

    "This is a case about control. Throughout his testimony, you heard evidence of his controlling mentality," Buxman said.

     

    The defense claims Loyd went to the Dixon household to smooth things over with Sade, but then posed the question: "Why is he bringing two guns?"

     

    "It's not about who cheated on whom or who lied on whom. This is about what happened when the defendant decided to shoot over and over again at people at that house on Long Peak Drive. That's what this is about," Buxman said.

     

    Buxman talked about the defense's claim that Loyd wanted to turn himself in, to which Buxman rebutted that Loyd had every opportunity to do so.

     

    "From Dec. 13, 2016 to January 2017 he had every opportunity to turn himself in," Buxman said.

     

    Buxman said Loyd blamed the media and police as a reason for not turning himself in.

     

    Buxman ended the closing argument by saying, "We ask you hold him accountable for his actions and his choices."

     

    At 12:45 p.m., the prosecution finished its closing arguments.

     

    Noon

    The defense has ended its closing arguments, and prosecutor Rich Buxman is continuing his closing arguments.

    The defense and the prosecution have been going back and forth about how the jury is supposed to interpret the circumstances of the shooting.

    Buxman said Loyd has blamed other people for his actions throughout his life, and never accepted that he as culpable of any crime.

    11:55 a.m.

    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."

    11:45 a.m.

    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.

    11:40 a.m.

    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.

    11:25 a.m.

    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.

    11:20 a.m.

    Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said the jury needs to look for consistency and truth.

    11:15 a.m.

    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.

    11:10 a.m.

    Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is address the role the race played in Loyd's previous convictions.

    11:05 a.m.

    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.

    11 a.m.

    Defense attorney Terry Lenamon said the prosecutors introduced problematic evidence to hide the "true story" of what happened during the shooting.

    10:55 a.m.

    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."

    10:50 a.m.

    The jury is back in the courtroom. The defense will start its closing arguments momentarily.

    10:35 a.m.

    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.

    10:30 a.m.

    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.

    10:20 a.m.

    Attorney Rich Buxman said Loyd's actions leading up to the shooting prove premeditation.

    10:15 a.m.

    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.

    10 a.m.

    The judge has finished reading her jury instructions. Closing arguments are underway with the state going first. Attorney Rich Buxman is speaking now.

    9:25 a.m.

    The jury instructions being read by judge Leticia Marques are lengthy, detailed and repetitive.

    9:10 a.m.

    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.

    9:05 a.m.

    Court is in session. The judge said she is going to start the day by reading jury instructions. Closing arguments will begin after that.

    9 a.m.

    We are waiting on closing arguments to begin. They were scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Stay tuned for live updates.

    5:15 a.m.

    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. 

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    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.

    Catch up on everything you might have missed in court Tuesday here.

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