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A Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit for Markeith Loyd provides detailed insight into the shooting that killed Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton last month and the escape of her accused killer.
- Sheriff's Office affidavit details chase, capture of Markeith Loyd
- SEE BELOW: FAMU law professor on legal complications of trying Loyd ▼
- INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: The search for a police officer's killer ▼
The affidavit confirms what News 13 already has reported on the case, but it does provide highlights of the day Clayton was shot, the search for Loyd and what he said to police after his capture.
Loyd was wanted in connection with the Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, when a woman recognized him in a Princeton Street Wal-Mart checkout line on Monday, Jan. 9.
Here are some of the details described in the affidavit:
- 7:15 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: A witness shopping at the Wal-Mart sees a man wearing a black shirt with the word "SECURITY" on the front standing behind her with his cart at a register. The witness recognizes him as Loyd from media reports.
The witness reaches out to Clayton, who had just finished shopping at that same Wal-Mart and was in full uniform and on duty, at the store's parking lot and informed her that she saw Loyd, whom law enforcement had been seeking in connection with Dixon's slaying.
- 7:17 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Clayton called for backup and then chases after Loyd. The following is observed from store security cameras:
"As (Loyd) runs between the two pillars Sergeant Clayton pursues approximately 10' behind. The suspect loops backwards while simultaneously drawing a handgun from his waist and taking cover behind one of the concrete pillars.
"As Sergeant Clayton runs around the large pillar she observes the suspect pointing the handgun at her. She draws her own firearm from its holster and changes direction towards the parking lot. The suspect fires three shots from behind cover at Sergeant Clayton with one of the rounds striking her in the right hip. The other two rounds strike nearby parked vehicles.
"As a result of the shot, Sergeant Clayton is completely exposed without nearby cover however is able to roll onto her back and point her weapon at the approaching suspect. The suspect advances towards her with his right arm outstretched and repeatedly firing his gun at Sergeant Clayton while she is on her back.
"Sergeant Clayton fires her weapon from her back seven times at the suspect as he stands over her firing. The suspect runs counterclockwise around her with his gun pointing towards her head as he fires several more shots in rapid succession."
- 7:20 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Loyd is seen fleeing the scene in a dark green Mercury with a tan-cloth roof. Orange County Sheriff's Office Capt. Joe Carter was driving on Pine Hills Road in an unmarked patrol SUV when he sees Loyd's Mercury pull into the Royal Oak Apartments.
- 7:26 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Carter radioes that he was behind the Mercury, but before help can arrive, the suspect jumps out of the car and fires two rounds at Carter's SUV, with one of the bullets hitting the front wheel. Carter is OK, but Loyd escapes.
- 7:29 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Orlando Police Department dispatch receives a call from the Royal Oak Apartments that a man matching Loyd's description pointed a handgun at him and "forcefully stole" the man's 2013 Volkswagen Passat.
The suspect drives the vehicle through a wooden fence of the apartment complex, across a resident's backyard and through a residential neighborhood. The man identifies Loyd through a photo lineup and tells police that Loyd pointed a handgun with an extended magazine at him and held another similar gun in the other hand.
At some unknown time, the Passat is recovered at the Brookeside Apartments, where a black T-shirt with SECURITY written on the front and a pair of camouflage pants are found on a back porch.
The shirt has a possible bullet hole in the upper chest area, but no blood is seen. Police think it was possible that Loyd was wearing "ballistic body armor" when he was shot at.
- 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Dr. Joshua Stephany of the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office performs an autopsy of Clayton. He reports that she was struck four times, with the fatal shot entering the right side of her neck and lodging in the back of her left shoulder.
- Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 2017: U.S. Marshals and the fugitive investigative unit finds Loyd in an abandoned house at 1157 Lescot Lane, Orlando, in the Carver Shores neighborhood. Following commands from law enforcement, Loyd drops two handguns from a window and crawls on his stomach to awaiting officers.
It's found that Loyd is wearing an American Body Armor level IIIA bulletproof vest at the time of arrest. The vest is designed to stop all handgun bullets commonly used by law enforcement, which includes the same type used by the Orlando Police Department.
- 7:54 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017: During his interrogation, Loyd states that he and his former girlfriend, Dixon, had a "tussle" when her brother, Ronald Steward, attacked Loyd. Loyd states he shot Dixon in self-defense, alleging that she also had a gun.
Loyd is asked about the shooting of Clayton, and according to the affidavit, "Loyd stated that 'she pulled her gun out first' and the shooting may not have happened if she had 'waited for backup'."
After that, Loyd "grumbled incoherently" whenever he was asked a question.
Law professor discusses legal complications of trying Loyd
Florida A&M University law professor LeRoy Pernell said that the State Attorney’s Office has big decisions to make regarding how to try Loyd.
“This case may involve a death penalty at some point. Some decisions have to be made about going to the grand jury for an indictment,” Pernell said.
Pernell said it could be awhile before Loyd finds out his fate.
“Even on a fast pace, we’re probably going to be a year-plus at least to get the adjudication done,” Pernell said.
Florida’s death penalty is currently up in the air after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
Lawmakers in Tallahassee are working to resolve issues raised by the court.