Prosecution, defense, lay out ground rules for Markeith Loyd penalty phase

Loyd found guilty of murder in shooting death of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton

ORLANDO, Fla. – Attorneys in the Markeith Loyd murder trial returned to court Tuesday to discuss the upcoming penalty phase.

Both sides are expected to explain the topics they want to present to jurors.

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The arguments, initially scheduled for this past weekend, were pushed back after Loyd’s defense team was granted permission by the judge to address the use of force by police during Loyd’s arrest.

A jury found Loyd guilty of murder in the shooting death of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

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Loyd, who is serving a sentence of life in prison for the murder of Sade Dixon, faces a possible death sentence in Clayton’s slaying.