ORLANDO, Fla. — This trial is for Dixon's death only. A jury must decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Markeith Loyd had some parting words for Judge Leticia Marques before court recess, giving one final head nod to the cameras as the day ended.
Testimony ends for the day. Court is expected to resume Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Dr. Marvin Dunn took the stand and spoke about race relations throughout the state of Florida and how it relates to the Loyd trial. He said that Loyd does believe in systematic racism and that Loyd's case may be the most extreme he's ever worked with.
Dunn said Loyd sufferers from developmental problems and believes that Loyd is psychotic. When asked what he thought shaped Loyd from his life experiences, Dunn said, ”It was like he had to grow up on his own, with very few limits being set."
Dunn explained that Loyd's upbringing didn't do him any favors, citing the rough area he grew up in and Loyd's mother not being able to provide stability.
Terry Lenamon asked her whether she had any ailment that would affect her memory. She said, "Yes."
Patricia Loyd told the court Robert Loyd died when Markeith Loyd was about 3 years old.
Attorney Terry Lenamon confused the former officer and the court with questions about Herb's 1998 incident report, involving Loyd's battery charge.
The state called its first witness, probation office supervisor, David Kinard. Kinard talked about the procedures at the probation office, including fingerprinting and how the department operates.
"Markeith Loyd has a significant delusional disorder with a psychiatric spectrum," defense attorney Terry Lenamon said.
Lenamon said Loyd is not insane, but that the disorder is a consideration that must be put in play as the jury looks back at the events that transpired before and after the Sade Dixon shooting.
"He is still a mentally ill man," Lenamon said.
Lenamon said all of this needs to be considered before Loyd can be sentenced.
"This is about whether you are going to sanction the killing of a human being without considering all of the facts," Lenamon said.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is telling the jury that growing up in Pine Hills and Carver Shores, Loyd had two choices: "You either rob or you deal drugs."
At 16, Lenamon said Loyd was beat up "horribly" by a drug dealer.
At 22, Lenamon said that's when Loyd got his first adult felony conviction and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Defense attorney Terry Lenamon is reminding the jury "you are never required to vote for death."
He said no matter what the jury decides to recommend, Loyd will die in jail. They jury, he said, will just decide "whether the government, the state of Florida, take his life."
Lenamon said Loyd was raised in Carver Shores by a single mother. Lenamon said Loyd's father was abusive to his mother, and left her when Loyd was young.
"He was helping raise his brothers and sisters and surviving. He would steal food so they could eat, and at some point later on started selling drugs," Lenamon said.
Prosector Ric Ridgway is laying out the testimony that the jury can expect to hear today.
He told the jury that when aggravating factors are weighed against mitigating factors presented during the penalty phase, they should find "the death penalty is the appropriate punishment."
Markeith Loyd is back in court as the penalty phase of his murder trial is set to get underway.
Testimony is scheduled to begin Monday morning in the penalty phase of Markeith Loyd’s first murder trial.
Loyd’s lawyer said issued the following statement after Loyd was convicted last week:
“I think the death penalty is the wrong message from our community. I am hopeful the jury will give Markeith life in prison.”
Meanwhile, prosecutor Ric Ridgway declined to comment.
“I haven't commented so far, I'm not gonna start now," he said.
According to WFTV legal analyst Bil Schadffer, the death penalty for Loyd is a real possibility.
"The time it took the jury to deliver this verdict and the force of this verdict, guilty on every single count, tells me it's going to be a job for this defense to convince the jury not to recommend death," he said.
It took the jury four and a half hours to deliberate before handing down guilty verdicts last Wednesday.
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