Orange County

Sentencing for convicted cop-killer Markeith Loyd delayed over use of force issues

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — On Saturday, a judge pushed back sentencing for convicted cop-killer Markeith Loyd.

Loyd was found guilty of the killing of Orlando officer Debra Clayton.

The judge in the case decided Friday afternoon that evidence not used in the trial will need to be reviewed before sentencing can be done.


The issue is about the use of force in the case and how much of what happened to Loyd during his arrest could be let admitted into evidence.

The judge was going to allow a little because of what was said during Loyd’s testimony on Saturday, but now it looks like more about his injuries will be admitted, which means the state needs time to prepare.

On Saturday, Judge Leticia Marques told jurors that because of a development in the case, the penalty phase in this trial will need to be delayed.

Read: Judge pushes back penalty phase in Markeith Loyd’s murder trial to December; here’s why

Marques told jurors that neither side did anything to cause the delay.

The judge gave both prosecutors and defense until Monday at 1:30 p.m. to present the new evidence they would like added to discovery.

A tentative hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, in case anything surrounding this new evidence needs to be addressed.

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

Due to the penalty phase being pushed back, the judge addressed the jury, telling them that they will not be held in sequestration during the delay.

The judge made it clear that all jurors, both sitting and alternates, will not be discharged and remain under court rules.

Judge Marques told jurors that they are to have no contact with anyone from the case, including each other.

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Marques also instructed jurors to not discuss the case with anyone, including spouses.

She also told jurors not to read anything about the case and to stay away from watching local news coverage of the case.

After talking to jurors about potential conflicts, Judge Marques scheduled sentencing for Nov. 29.

WATCH: TIMELINE: Markeith Loyd testifies in murder trial on Saturday

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