Jury finds Markeith Loyd guilty in death of Orlando police officer

Writer: Derrick Shaw
FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Markeith Loyd, left, convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend in 2016, with his attorney Terence Lenamon, gestures to the gallery after being sentenced to life in prison, in Orange circuit court, in Orlando, Fla. Jury selection began Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, for the trial of Loyd, who is also accused of killing a police officer after he fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

A jury has found Markeith Loyd guilty of killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in 2017, according to CBS News affiliate WKMG in Orlando. 

Jurors began deliberating on Tuesday afternoon but reached no verdict. They returned a guilty verdict at around 1:30 p.m on Wednesday.

Loyd, 46, was found guilty on five charges, including first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a firearm and carjacking with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The jury will return on Saturday for the death penalty phase of the trial, WKMP reported.

Loyd testified during the trial and claimed self-defense when he shot at and killed Clayton outside of a Walmart.

Loyd killed Clayton while he was on the run for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in Dec. of 2016. He is serving life in prison for that crime.

Loyd’s defense claimed he was suffering from delusions and paranoia when he shot Clayton.

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