ORLANDO, Fla. — A judge ordered Markeith Loyd to be evaluated for competency at the request of his attorneys after the accused killer had repeated outbursts during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Loyd is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
“They’ve been setting y’all up,” Loyd told Dixon’s family members in the gallery before the hearing started. “They don’t want me to talk. They’ve been talking for two and a half years, making up lies.”
Loyd’s attorney, Terence M. Lenamon, told Circuit Judge Leticia J. Marques he had “concerns” about his client’s outbursts, which were against the advice of his lawyers. Marques granted Lenamon’s request to have Loyd evaluated for competency.
In a rambling speech, Loyd told Marques he had tried to turn himself in twice before his confrontation with Clayton, who tried to arrest Loyd at a Walmart on Princeton Street. That’s when authorities say Loyd opened fire, killing the officer in a shootout.
Loyd’s courtroom rant also referenced Dixon’s killing: “I’m not (fixing to) do that to my queen,” he said.
“My people know they hurt, but I’m hurt, too,” Loyd told Marques. “They know they not telling the truth.”
As his lawyers spoke with the judge about finding a doctor to evaluate him, Loyd said, “I ain’t talking to nobody. I ain’t crazy.”
The 43-year-old is facing the death penalty for allegedly killing Dixon Dec. 13, 2016, and then-Master Sgt. Clayton Jan. 19, 2017. Former Orlando police Chief John Mina promoted Clayton to lieutenant after her killing.
Marques did not rule Tuesday on a motion by Loyd’s attorneys to combine the two cases. His lawyers argue their client would otherwise have to defend himself against Clayton’s murder twice because Marques ruled jurors in the Dixon trial could learn the same gun was used in both shootings.
“Although the Court precluded evidence that Sgt. Clayton was killed, it is without a doubt that most if not all jurors know or can surmise that Sgt. Clayton died in the line of duty considering Mr. Loyd’s case has inundated Orange County’s news cycle for years,” Lenamon wrote.
Loyd, who is being held at the Orange County jail without bail, is scheduled to stand trial for Dixon’s killing in September.
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