ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida law enforcement officials took to social media on Wednesday to react to the news that a jury has recommended the death sentence for Markieth Loyd.
Loyd was convicted of murdering Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
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Read their reactions below:
Orlando Police Department
“Lt. Clayton believed in building relationships with the community. We will always remember our friend & coworker, & will do our best to live her legacy,” Orlando Police Department tweeted Wednesday.
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Lt. Clayton believed in building relationships with the community. We will always remember our friend & coworker, & will do our best to live her legacy. Forever bridging the gap, Lieutenant Debra Clayton proudly served the @citybeautiful with Courage, Pride, & Commitment. pic.twitter.com/YvfFK3Q3tU— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) December 8, 2021
Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon
“In the years since her death, Lieutenant Clayton’s loved ones and the entire OPD family waited for the day where the defendant would be held accountable for his heinous crimes,” Rolon said in a statement. “He will now face the highest penalty provided by law.”
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STATEMENT From @OrlandoPDChief on the Death Penalty Sentence Reached in the Trial of Lieutenant Debra Clayton's Killer. pic.twitter.com/dIbsZiL5Wc— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) December 8, 2021
Orange County Sheriff John Mina
“Nothing can erase the pain so many of us feel about the fact that Debra was murdered in cold blood as she worked to protect this community,” Mina tweeted. “We will always be here for her family, and she will never, ever be forgotten. But today, there is some relief in knowing that we can move forward and never have to hear the name Markeith Loyd again.”
Death penalty for Cop Killer Markeith Loyd! pic.twitter.com/mKWtABomBS— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) December 8, 2021
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
“Her sacrifice for this community will never be forgotten,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.
Photos: Markeith Loyd through the years
#MarkeithLoyd sentenced to death for the murder of @OrlandoPolice Lieutenant Debra Clayton, who was brutally murdered on Jan. 9, 2017. Her sacrifice for this community will never be forgotten. https://t.co/GMMenGahOK— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) December 8, 2021
See photos from the courtroom below:
See video of him learning his fate below:
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