Convicted cop killer, Markeith Loyd in Florida has been sentenced to death.
Loyd was convicted of murdering Orlando police Lieutenant Debra Clayton in 2017. She was trying to arrest him for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
The judge made her decision after a jury recommended the death penalty for Loyd.
He was found guilty on five charges, including first-degree murder, in the shooting death of Clayton.
In December, a Florida jury recommends a convicted cop killer be sentenced to death. An outcome desired by former Governor Rick Scott which was put in jeopardy by an anti-death penalty prosecutor.
The panel ruled yesterday that Markeith Loyd be executed for the murder of Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton.
The 46-year-old Loyd shot and killed her as she was trying to arrest him for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend four years ago.
Loyd has the right to a final hearing before being sentenced.
The prosecutor in 2017, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala sued Gov. Rick Scott for stripping her office of nearly two dozen first-degree murder cases because she refused to consider the death penalty.
The showdown between Scott and Ayala started when Ayala announced her decision not to seek the death penalty in the high-profile case of Markeith Loyd who was accused at the time of killing a police officer, or any future cases her office prosecutes.
In September 2017, Ayala voluntarily dismissed her federal lawsuit this month against Gov. Rick Scott after the Florida Supreme Court ruled against her decision to never seek the the death penalty.
Former Governor Rick Scott signed more death warrants than any other Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in the state in 1976. Governor Scott presided over 28 executions during his two terms as governor from 2011 to 2018.
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