ORLANDO, Fla. – 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.