Hearing scheduled to discuss appointment of counsel in Markeith Loyd’s second murder trial

Convicted killer accused of murdering Orlando police officer

ORLANDO, Fla. – A hearing will be held in the second murder trial against convicted killer Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

According to a court filing, the hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, when Judge Leticia Marques will take up a motion to discuss the appointment of counsel, assistants and other staff in Loyd’s case, as well as the method of payment for them, per Florida statutes 27.40 and 27.5303.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Marques previously canceled the pre-trial and jury trial, which were scheduled for March 30, 2020 and May 1, 2020, respectively.

Loyd was convicted in 2019 of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. He’s accused of gunning down Clayton in 2017 outside an Orange County Walmart during a manhunt. Loyd’s attorneys have said that they plan to argue Loyd was insane when she shot Clayton.