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Attorney removed from Markeith Loyd case after anti-death penalty stance

Attorney removed from Markeith Loyd case after anti-death penalty stance

In response, Scott signed an executive order yanking Ayala from the case and reassigning it to State Attorney Brad King of Florida's 5th Judicial District.

In a statement, Gov. Rick Scott said he "completely disagree (s)" with the move and called on Ayala to recuse herself from the Loyd case.

On Thursday, about 90 minutes before Ayala announced her decision not to pursue death penalty cases, Nunnelley filed additional papers in Spencer's case in support of the state's position that Spencer's death sentence should stand.

"She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day", Scott said.

"I offered to have a full conversation with him regarding my decision about death penalty", she said.

That includes the case of Markeith Loyd, accused of gunning down Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, who was trying to capture Loyd on January 9, more than a week after he allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon. He was on the run for about a month before being confronted by Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton at a Walmart.

The Sunshine State's death penalty sentencing scheme was on unstable ground after the U.S. Supreme Court found the sentencing law unconstitutional because it allowed judges to have the ultimate decision instead of a jury. She should resign and somebody else should take her place right now. It is refreshing to see her live up to her commitments and embrace policies that achieve accountability and safety without sacrificing fairness.

"It is a complete derelection of duty on the part of that state attorney", he said.

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Meanwhile, the families of Markeith Loyd's victims are split on Scott's decision to remove Ayala from the case. "That's Florida's second death penalty statute in less than two years".

Ron Daniels, the father of pregnant murder victim Sade Dixon, said, "Life, no chance of parole, we get closure, but now if you give him the death penalty, he comes back. A cop killer - who also killed his pregnant girlfriend - should not be given that chance", Orlando police Chief John Mina said in a statement posted to Twitter. "I will not be seeking the death penalty in any cases handled in my office".

The lawmakers accused the prosecutor of failing to do her job, which they maintain requires her to seek the death penalty in certain instances, including cases in which law-enforcement officers were killed.

"I am one of 26 men that have been released from Florida death row due to evidence of our innocence", he said. If this were a 50-50 decision under existing law, then yes, she could decide not to go for death.

The law is the state's latest effort to restart its death penalty process, which was put on hold twice previous year after rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court in separate cases. "It is for the most heinous crimes and, by any stretch of the imagination, what Markeith Loyd did deserves the death penalty". "If the death penalty was the flawless solution, there would not be any more murders going on".

She said the blanket decision to not pursue the death penalty includes the recent case of Markeith Loyd.

On Monday, Scott signed a bill that required a unanimous jury recommendation to hand down the death penalty.

Ayala gained notoriety previous year when she unseated an incumbent state attorney with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds - some reportedly traced to reclusive billionaire George Soros.


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