Loyd denied

Markeith Loyd listens to Judge Leticia Marques on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, as she announces the jury's decision to suggest he be sentenced to death inside the Orange County Court House. 

After a jury decided in December that Markeith Loyd deserves death, a judge denied his defense's request for new expert testimony and a hearing extension Friday. 

Loyd's legal representation motioned Friday morning for Judge Leticia Marques to allow a new mental health expert to present additional testimony before the Spencer hearing.

A Spencer hearing is a legal proceeding in Florida courts where a defendant has the opportunity to further plead their case against the imposed or suggested sentencing. In Loyd's case, this is the death penalty. 

"You’ve had five years to get this together, folks," Marques said, pointing out the defense has had ample time to build a mental health case. 

Loyd was found guilty Nov. 3 of all five charges against him, including first-degree murder, in the 2017 shooting murder of Lt. Debra Clayton, a UCF alumna and 17-year Orlando Police Department veteran.

The event happened less than a month after Loyd had killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Clayton was trying to apprehend Loyd in a Walmart parking lot while he was on the run for that crime. He is currently serving a life sentence for Dixon's death. 

Loyd and Clayton's encounter led to a shoot out in which Clayton died at age 42, leaving behind her husband and son. Loyd was found and violently arrested nine days later, where law enforcement beat him so badly he lost his left eye. His trial for Clayton's death was delayed until now, among other reasons, due to COVID-19. 

The Spencer hearing will allow both the defense and the prosecution to make their final cases to the judge either against or in favor of Loyd's life. 

With the defense's motion to extend for a new expert denied, the hearing will still take place Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. as previously scheduled, where the judge will decide whether to sentence Loyd to life in prison or death. 

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