Bond Reduction Denied to Man Charged with Aiding Markeith Loyd

Two bond reduction hearings for individuals arrested for aiding murder suspect Markeith Loyd while he evaded police after the shooting death of his pregnant former girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in December 2016 have had two different outcomes. On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Zarghee Mayan was denied a reduction in his bond of $400,000.

Orange County Judge Alan S. Apte ruled against Zarghee Mayan’s attorney’s request for a bond reduction from the current $400,000 that has been set to $10,000. Mayan has been in the Orange County jail since his arrest in mid-January 2017, accused of aiding Markeith Loyd in his flight from arrest by providing Loyd money.

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The Orange County prosecutor argued that the state considers Mayan to be a flight risk due to a large number of family members in New York. The defense argued that Mayan remains an innocent man in the eyes of the law since he has not been found guilty of the offense and has no prior criminal record. Mayan knew Loyd through work at a fast-food restaurant where Mayan was Loyd’s supervisor. Mayan’s defense of his actions explain that he was in fear for his own safety if he did not give Loyd the money he requested.

Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, the niece of Markeith Loyd, now charged with two counts of first-degree murder since the shooting death of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on Jan. 9, 2017 after she recognized him as wanted by the police in connection with the shooting death of Sade Dixon, was in an Orange County courtroom on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 for her own bond reduction hearing. Smith-Loyd’s attorney sought a reduction in her bond of $750,000 to $10,000, which was granted by the court.

Smith-Loyd, like Zarghee Mayan, was arrested by Orlando police shortly after the shooting death of Clayton for assisting Markeith Loyd in his evasion of arrest prior to the Clayton shooting. Both Loyd’s niece and Mayan, along with Jameis Slaughter, a former girlfriend of the murder suspect, were arrested on charges of Accessory After the Fact to Sade Dixon’s homicide.

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