Accused double murderer Markeith Loyd to hire private investigator

Judge grants permission for up to 200 hours of PI services

Markeith Loyd appears in court for a status hearing on Aug. 3, 2017.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A judge Tuesday granted accused double murderer Markeith Loyd permission to hire a private investigator to assist in his criminal defense.

The motion pertains to Loyd's prosecution on charges related to the fatal shooting of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in Pine Hills on Dec. 13. That case is set to go to trial in September 2018.

The judge ordered that Loyd be permitted to incur up to 200 hours for services from private investigator Lori Parker.

The Motion to Incur Costs filed Tuesday lists billable services as "interviewing and locating witnesses, locating documents, performing background checks, and researching factual issues."

Also Tuesday, State Attorney Brad King's Office filed notices that supplemental discovery exhibits were provided to Loyd's attorney, Roger Weeden, in both the case in connection with Dixon's death and with the second criminal case against Loyd for charges related to the death of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.

Police say Loyd gunned Clayton down as she was trying to arrest him outside a John Young Parkway Walmart on Jan. 9.

A date for that trial has not yet been set, but a judge said earlier this month that it will likely begin in late 2018 or early 2019.