Timeline: How the hunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfolded

Search began with pregnant woman's murder

ORLANDO, Fla. – What began with the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Pine Hills in 2016 turned into an all-out manhunt for the man accused of killing her and an Orlando police officer. 

The search for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd gripped the Central Florida community for more than nine days before the wanted man was arrested on Jan. 17, 2017.

Below is a look at the events that led to that search and what has unfolded since it began. Please note that some times are approximate.

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Dec. 10: Sade Dixon, a 24-year-old pregnant mother of two, moves back into her parents' Pine Hills home. She provides few details on why she decided to make the move, but she does tell her family that her then-boyfriend, Markeith Loyd, had bitten her during a fight. Her family said that she had to go to the doctor to get a tetanus shot.

9:13 p.m., Dec. 13: Dixon is at home eating dinner with her family when she gets a call and goes outside to talk to Loyd, her family says. The two started arguing and shots were fired, police said. Dixon is fatally shot and her 26-year-old brother, Ronald Steward, is wounded in the gunfire trying to protect his sister. Dixon's children, ages 2 and 8, were home at the time of the shooting. They were unharmed.

Afternoon, Dec. 14: Stephanie Dixon-Daniels and Ron Dixon held a press conference outside their Pine Hills home to beg the community for help in finding their daughter's killer. “We would like the killer, you know who you are – turn yourself in. Don't make them come get you,” Dixon-Daniels said. Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill also attended the press conference.


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