CRIME

Orlando prosecutor will no longer seek death penalty

  • In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, March 16, 2017, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

    In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, March 16, 2017, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse, Florida Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces Thursday, March 16, 2017, that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

    In a press conference on the steps of the Orange County Courthouse, Florida Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announces Thursday, March 16, 2017, that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)/Orlando Sentinel via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, accused murderer Markeith Loyd looks toward family members during court proceedings in Orlando, Fla. State Attorney Aramis Ayala said, Thursday, March 16, 2017, that she had decided to no longer seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases after conducting a review. The most visible case immediately affected by Ayala's decision is that of  Loyd, who is charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton. (Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

    FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, accused murderer Markeith Loyd looks toward family members during court proceedings in Orlando, Fla. State Attorney Aramis Ayala said, Thursday, March 16, 2017, that she had decided to no longer seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases after conducting a review. The most visible case immediately affected by Ayala's decision is that of Loyd, who is charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton. (Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The top prosecutor for metro Orlando says she is no longer going to seek the death penalty.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala on Thursday said she had decided to no longer seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases after conducting a review. The most visible case immediately affected by Ayala's decision is that of Markeith Loyd, who is charged with killing an Orlando police lieutenant.

Ayala's decision comes just days after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed.

Ayala says there is no evidence of improved public safety for citizens or law enforcement with the death penalty, and that such cases are costly and drag on for years.

Loyd is also charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend.