Orange County

TIMELINE: Jury finds Markeith Loyd guilty of murdering Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton


4 p.m. update

ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 spoke with the family of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton about the verdict.

Read: Central Florida reacts after Markeith Loyd found guilty of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton

“Once she gets the justice she deserves, she’s gonna rest peacefully,” a relative told Channel 9.

Watch more reaction to the verdict from Clayton’s family by watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News or clicking here.

3:15 p.m. update

Reaction to the verdict from officials and members of the community has started to pour in. Click here to read their statements.

Watch live coverage on Channel 9 Eyewitness News, beginning at 4 p.m.

1:30 p.m. update

A jury has found Markeith Loyd guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

Watch the verdict being read in the video below:

1:25 p.m. update

A jury has just walked backed into the courtroom in the murder trial of Markeith Loyd.

The verdict is being read live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

12:40 p.m. update

Markeith Loyd’s second attorney confirmed to Channel 9 that the jury has reached a verdict. He said the jury is finishing lunch and that the verdict will be read at 1:30 p.m.

Click here to watch it read live on Channel 9.

READ: Markeith Loyd murder trial: How to watch

10:45 a.m. update

The jury finished hearing read back testimony from witnesses related to counts 1 and 2.

Jurors have now left the courtroom to continue to deliberate.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

9:15 a.m. update

Jurors are preparing to resume deliberations for a verdict in Markieth Loyd’s second murder trial.

They are starting the day by hearing read backs of testimony given by several witnesses during the trial.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?


Jurors deliberated for four hours on Tuesday, making several requests to have testimony related to specific charges Loyd is facing read back to them. The judge told them their request could take hours, so that’s where they will pick up Wednesday morning.

Within half an hour of the jury heading into deliberations, Loyd complained to the judge about how his attorney had handled the case.

READ: Markeith Loyd murder trial: How to watch

Loyd said there were several witnesses he wanted called, like his niece and police officers.

He called the prosecutor a liar, said his mind started to go blank and claimed he couldn’t answer any more questions from the judge because he was so upset at how everything had transpired this week.

READ: Who is Markeith Loyd?

Channel 9 will livestream the trial when it starts at 9:30 a.m. Click here to watch it when it begins.

Click here to read Tuesday’s coverage.

READ: Who was Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton?

See more in the video above.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.