Suspect in Orlando Manhunt Faces Second Court Appearance

In two consecutive court appearances, Markeith Loyd exhibited his disdain for the court and the law enforcement officials who apprehended him, making accusations about law enforcement and being either inappropriate in responding to the judge or being non-reponsive to questions.

As an example, he said to the judge, “My name is Markeith Loyd, who are you? Lady in the black dress, who are you?” when he appeared before the court on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Markeith Loyd, wanted by police since mid-December in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and the recent subject of an intense manhunt after Loyd is alleged to have shot and killed police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on Jan. 9, 2017, was apprehended by authorities on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

The suspect, who appears on police-provided video to have been kicked in the head by at least one police officer, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, where he remained for about 21 hours before being jailed. Orlando Police Chief John Mina has said that Loyd received injuries when he resisted arrest by refusing to place his hands behind his back after he crawled from beneath an abandoned house where he had been hiding and was lying prone in the street in front of law enforcement.

Chief Mina has also said that the helicopter camera that was recording Loyd’s apprehension panning away from the scene when the officer appears to have kicked the suspect in the head to be a concern, indicating an investigation into the apparent use of force by law enforcement in Loyd’s arrest will be done.

Loyd’s first court appearance, on Thursday, January 19, was to face charges for the shooting death of Sade Dixon and her unborn child on Dec. 13, 2016. Loyd was charged with first-degree murder and the unlawful killing of an unborn child.

Loyd appeared before Orange County Judge Jeannette Bigney in both court appearances, defiant and cursing during Thursday’s court hearing, accusing law enforcement of making up the charges against in the shooting death of Sade Dixon. Loyd said he would represent himself when asked by the judge if he wanted a public defender to be appointed to him, and cursing at her after she ordered that Loyd be held without bond and to be taken back to jail.

In Friday’s hearing, Loyd appeared again in court to face five additional charges, including the first-degree murder of a police officer in the death of Debra Clayton.

Warning: Video contains profane language:

It was learned during Loyd’s January 20th court appearance that the gun he had in his possession at the time of his apprehension has been identified as the weapon that killed both Sade Dixon and officer Debra Clayton. A surveillance video of the Pine Hills Walmart where Clayton encountered Loyd in the parking lot at 7:16 a.m. EST after being alerted by a shopper of Loyd’s identity.

After Clayton called in the sighting to dispatch, saying, “Markeith,” she approached the man clad in a black shirt with the word “Security.” On the video, Loyd can be seen running, with Clayton giving chase. Loyd, hiding behind a concrete pillar and having pulled a gun out of his waistband, can be seen shooting at Clayton three times. One of those bullets hit Clayton in the hip, two hit parked cars. The suspect is then seen walking toward Clayton, who is lying on the ground on her stomach, her hip bone broken from the gunshot. Loyd is firing at her as he approaches.

Clayton rolls over onto her back, firing at the suspect from the ground as he stands over her and continues shooting, with the fatal shot, as determined by the medical examiner, to have been a shot to Clayton’s neck.


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