ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida man has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton.
Markeith Loyd was convicted of killing Clayton on Jan. 9, 2017 as she tried to arrest him outside a Walmart store for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Dixon was shot weeks earlier.READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court Rulings
The 12-person jury in Orlando deliberated for about five hours over two days. Loyd remained expressionless but took off his face mask as the verdict was read. Loyd, 46, faces a potential death sentence when the penalty phase of his trial starts on Saturday.
Jurors also convicted Loyd of attempting to murder a second law-enforcement officer and carjacking a man with a gun while attempting to flee.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
Loyd had pleaded not guilty. He testified that he shot Clayton in self-defense, and that he did not intend to kill her. Loyd’s attorneys argued that Loyd was insane when he shot Clayton.
Loyd hit Clayton four times, including a fatal shot to her neck as he stood over her before fleeing in his car, according to prosecutors. After the shooting, Loyd fled the scene and authorities conducted a nine-day manhunt before he was found in an abandoned house. Four police officers punched, kicked and hit Loyd with their rifle muzzles in a beating that caused him to lose an eye. They were eventually cleared of criminal wrongdoing and exonerated of excessive force claims.
Loyd has already been convicted of first-degree murder for killing Dixon and her unborn child. The jury in that case recommended he be sentenced to life in prison.MORE NEWS: Police Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Suspect At Florida Institute of Technology
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