ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Accused cop killer Markeith Loyd’s trial has been pushed back again.
Loyd was scheduled to be tried in May on murder charges for the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. But Tuesday, a judge rescheduled the trial for Sept. 30.
Judge Fred Lauten promised Dixon’s family that the case will go to trial this year.
Lauten said some of the delays happened because Loyd wanted to represent himself, but he said he doesn't hold that against Loyd.
Lauten won’t be the judge presiding over the case. He’s retiring this summer, and the case will be given to Judge Leticia Marques, who will begin hearing pretrial motions before Lauten's retirement.
He said he made the decision Tuesday to allow Loyd’s attorneys more time to prepare their case.
Loyd's attorney, Terence Lenamon, said he would not be ready by May.
"There is a lot of jecture from Mr. King, a lot of blame directed at myself, from over the eight months ... that I have been on this case -- one of the highest profile cases in orlando in short history," he said.
Lenamon said he has more than 100 depositions to take from mostly law enforcement officers who were at the scene of Loyd’s arrest.
The delay for Dixon’s case also means Loyd’s trial for the killing of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton will be also be pushed back.
Loyd is accused of fatally shooting Clayton in January 2017 as she stopped to question him at a Walmart in Orange County.
The decision came after prosecutor Brad King filed a motion of speedy trial.
“There are two parties in this case: the state of Florida (and) the victims; the victims’ families all have a right to a speedy trial,” King said. “The case has gone on longer than it should be. The result is Mr. Lenamon has been on this case since July. It's eight months.”
The circumstances in which Loyd surrendered will be a factor when it comes to a death penalty decision.
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