Orange County

TIMELINE: Testimony concludes in penalty phase of Markeith Loyd trial

ORLANDO, Fla. — Testimony continued Monday in the sentencing phase of Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial.

Loyd was convicted last month of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton back in 2017 and is already serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon.



4:20 p.m. update

The state has rested its case, which means testimony in the penalty phase is now complete. The judge said she will read jury instructions Tuesday morning, with closing arguments to follow before deliberations begin.

The judge told the jury to pack an overnight bag in case they don’t reach a verdict on Tuesday and need to be sequestered overnight.

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1:35 p.m. update

Assistant State Attorney Stacey Salmons is taking the stand.

1:23 p.m. update

The jury has returned and court is back in session.

11:47 a.m.

Court is in recess for lunch. The jury is expected to return around 1 to 1:15 p.m.

10:40 a.m. update

Jonathon Cute, an Orlando lieutenant accused of beating Loyd, is taking the stand.

9 a.m. update

The defense calls Kianna Loyd, Markeith Loyd’s daughters to the stand.

Original story:

A jury will return to an Orange County courtroom Monday morning for the trial of convicted cop killer Markeith Loyd.

Loyd was found guilty last month for the murder of Orlando police officer Lt. Debra Clayton.

The jury will continue to hear arguments in the sentencing phase.

Loyd killed Clayton at a Walmart parking lot in 2017.

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

Loyd’s defense has been fighting to keep him off death row.

He is already serving a life sentence for shooting and killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

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Channel 9 will be in the courtroom Monday and will have continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.

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