ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: A judge ruled that Markeith Loyd should be appointed new lead counsel. Read more on the decision here.
The attorney representing accused double murderer Markeith Loyd filed a motion Thursday asking to be removed from the case after he says the court informed him he may not meet the minimum standard required by Florida to work a capital case.
Attorney Roger Weeden is representing Loyd in two first-degree murder cases. He wrote in the motion to withdraw that despite his 39 years of experience representing more than 40 people accused of murder, the Court told him that his "knowledge and background may not fit within the parameters set out" a Florida Rule that requires a minimum standards for attorneys in capital cases.
Both Weeden and his client will be in Orange County court Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a hearing to discuss this motion, which comes after Loyd and his attorneys recently filed a motion asking for State Attorney Brad King to be removed from the case.
Loyd's attorney argues King's handling of Loyd's case is a conflict of interest because of his involvement with the Justice Administrative Commission, which approves funding of expert witnesses.
His first murder trial is expected to begin in September. Loyd faces the death sentence if he is convicted in either case.