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Attorney for Markeith Loyd's niece wants bail lowered

Lakensha Smith-Loyd bond set at $750K, asking for $5K bond

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The attorney of Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, who was accused of helping her uncle, murder suspect Markeith Loyd, 41, avoid authorities after police said he shot and killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, wants her client's bond lowered to $5,000, according to a motion filed Tuesday.

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Smith-Loyd was arrested Jan. 11, two days after Loyd was accused of shooting and killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, on a charge of accessory after the fact to a life or first-degree felony, according to the arrest warrant.

Smith-Loyd's bond was set at $750,000 during her first appearance, but her attorney, Carrie Rentz, filed a motion asking that it be lowered to $5,000, as her client "is absolutely financially unable to post a bond in any amount."

Rentz also added that Smith-Loyd has three young children for whom she is the sole provider, and that she was also helping to take care of her grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were struggling to their health. 

The motion also said that Smith-Loyd's only source of income "comes from food stamps and the small amount of earnings she makes on a part-time, as needed, basis," and that if she was given a reasonable bond, she would be relying completely on the help of family members to post it. According to the motion, Smith-Loyd just got the part-time, as needed job in December.

Smith-Loyd was born and raised in Orange County and does not have criminal convictions of any kind, Rentz said.

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Smith-Loyd was one of three people arrested for allegedly helping Loyd. Zarghee Mayan, 33, and Loyd’s ex-girlfriend, Jameis Slaughter, 25, were also charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

The attorney of Zarghee Mayan requested that his client's bail be lowered to less than $10,000, according to a motion filed Jan. 12.

Smith-Loyd's next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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