Police and Law Enforcement

Family of fallen officer says Markeith Loyd deserves death

Markeith Loyd, suspected of fatally shooting a Florida police officer, attends his initial court appearance Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the Orange County Jail, in Orlando, Fla. Loyd spoke out of turn and was defiant during the appearance on charges of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He was injured during his arrest Tuesday night following a weeklong manhunt. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Markeith Loyd, suspected of fatally shooting a Florida police officer, attends his initial court appearance Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the Orange County Jail, in Orlando, Fla. Loyd spoke out of turn and was defiant during the appearance on charges of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He was injured during his arrest Tuesday night following a weeklong manhunt. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)  (Orlando Sentinel)

The husband and nephew of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton say her life was taken away suddenly. They want the same to happen to her suspected killer, Markeith Loyd, if he is convicted.

"My uncle had said to me yesterday, it's just not fair how he's able to take a life, but he's able to live," said Jarvis Grant, Clayton's nephew.  "I kind of feel like the death penalty is needed for this case, and for my uncle, he definitely was against the State Attorney not to pursue the death penalty."

His Uncle Seth, Debra's spouse found out that State Attorney Aramis Ayala was not seeking the death penalty against Loyd right before her big announcement last week.

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"He was not happy about it after she told him that she was not pursuing it."

But their hope was renewed after Gov. Rick Scott reassigned the case to State Attorney Brad King, after Ayala refused to recuse herself.

"I was really supportive of Rick Scott's decision to take her off," he said. 

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