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Markeith Loyd's former boss Zarghee Mayan released from jail

Judge reduced bond to $20,000 on Tuesday

ORLANDO, Fla. – Markeith Loyd's former boss, Zarghee Mayan, who has been in the Orange County Jail since Jan. 10 on a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, was released from custody Wednesday afternoon.

In the past several weeks, Mayan's has attorney filed multiple motions to have his client's $400,000 bond reduced to $10,000 or less. A judge denied that request on Feb. 1, but then reduced it to $20,000 on Tuesday.

Police accused Mayan of helping Loyd avoid capture after Loyd fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in Pine Hills on Dec. 13. Loyd would go on to kill Lt. Debra Clayton as she was trying to arrest him at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9. 

A citywide manhunt ensued and Orange County deputy Norman Lewis was fatally struck while on his motorcycle looking for Loyd in the hours after Clayton's death.

Police arrested three people -- Mayan, Lakensha Smith Loyd and Jameis Slaughter -- accused of helping Loyd evade capture before officials arrested him at an abandoned home in Carver Shores on Jan. 17.

Mayan is accused of giving Loyd money and food in the days after Dixon's death. His attorney argued that Mayan only complied because was afraid that Loyd, who was armed with a gun, would hurt him. 

News of the reduction came shortly after the state attorney's office announced that Smith Loyd, the murder suspect's niece, would not formally be charged.

Slaughter, Loyd's ex-girlfriend, posted bond and left the jail on Tuesday night.

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