Accused killer Markeith Loyd, calm, collected as knowledge of case plagues jury selection

Video: Jury selection is winding down in Markeith Loyd's first murder trial
Opening statements in the trial for a man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend could begin as early as Friday.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jury selection will not continue Wednesday in Markeith Loyd's murder trial because the court is closed for Yom Kippur.

Jury selection has been going on for more than a week.
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The legal teams are going through the last of 750 potential jurors, trying to make sure their basic opinions and positions don't conflict with Loyd's right to a fair trial.

Tuesday marked the seventh day of jury selection and Loyd appeared cool, calm and collected in a cardigan sweater.

Like most of the days so far in jury selection, some people were heard saying there seems to be too much evidence stacked against the accused killer.

The biggest challenge of this case has been finding people who believe they can sit there during this trial and assume Loyd is innocent, until prosecutors convince them otherwise.

They have to be able to throw out what's now common knowledge about Loyd's other murder case.

"I remember it being a police-involved shooting. I don't remember the details," one potential juror said.

The details are that Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton is dead and Loyd's accused of shooting her to escape capture for the earlier murder of Dixon.

Some potential jurors said that allegation alone made it difficult to be fair.