Markeith Loyd will use insanity defense during trial for Orlando officer’s killing

Florida

Markeith Loyd, 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., Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Loyd will go on trial again next year, accused of killing an Orlando police officer in 2017. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys say in court papers they will use the insanity defense during the upcoming trail of a 44-year-old Florida man accused of killing a police officer.

Markeith Loyd is scheduled to stand trial in May for the Jan. 9, 2017, death of Lt. Debra Clayton as she tried to arrest him for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon a month earlier.

Last year jurors found Loyd guilty of first-degree murder in Dixon’s death. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Defense experts testified then that Loyd suffers from mental illnesses.

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