ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Convicted cop killer Markeith Loyd testified in court on Friday before a judge rules on his sentencing.
An Orange County judge will soon decide if she will follow a jury’s recommendation and sentence him to death.
Loyd was found guilty last year in the 2017 murder of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
“I never meant your queen any harm,” Loyd said in court, referring to Clayton. “...I believe the police was out to kill me.”
Loyd said on the stand that he hears the voices of God and the devil, but only listens to God. He maintained that he tried to turn himself in to the police twice before he was arrested.
“Walmart never had to happen,” Loyd said.
Watch his full testimony below:
Friday’s hearing allowed both sides to come before the judge and present evidence that could change the way Loyd is sentenced.
Clayton’s sisters, cousin and niece all took the stand saying what the loss of Clayton meant to them and the community.
“I lost my sibling, and it’s a different type of pain,” Clayton’s sister, Ashley Thomas, said. It’s like when your sibling dies, a piece of you dies too.”
Loyd’s defense filed a motion to continue the hearing citing COVID-19 concerns, which caused issues with securing witnesses.
The judge ultimately denied the motion to continue.
Loyd’s defense argues the state’s closing arguments that “life in prison was no punishment at all” was inappropriate and pressured the jury to impact the verdict.
Loyd’s sister also took the witness stand. She said Loyd told her he could hear voices and see the devil.
The state brought on a psychologist, who said Loyd suffers from a major mental illness.
The hearing was an opportunity for Loyd’s defense to present evidence to the judge that could impact the sentence.
Both sides now wait at least sic and a half weeks for Loyd’s sentencing in March.
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