Orlando, FL - The attorney for a man with a long criminal record who is accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend and a police officer argued that having his client fingerprinted on television would ruin his reputation.
Prosecutors wanted accused murderer Markeith Loyd fingerprinted inside the Orange County courtroom before Loyd’s attorney objected.
Judge Frederick Lauten agreed to clear the courtroom, according to WFTV-TV.
Loyd murdered Orlando Police Department Lieutenant Debra Clayton on Jan. 9 in a parking lot. Lt. Clayton had recognized Loyd as a suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, who had been killed Dec. 13.
Prosecutors are saying that Loyd’s attorney Terence Lenamon is trying to delay the trial, according to WFTV.
Loyd's attorneys say the prosecutors are trying to rush Loyd’s case to trial so it doesn't go back to State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who said she was opposed to the death penalty.
In September of 2017, Ayala said she was rescinding her ban on the death penalty. However, in November of 2017, Ayala missed a deadline to pursue her first death penalty case, according to WFLA-TV.
Gov. Rick Scott responded by taking away 29 first-degree murder cases from her office and assigned them to State Attorney Brad King, according to the Orlando Sentinel. King is the attorney for Loyd’s case. However, Gov. Scott’s executive order that appointed King as prosecutor expires in March.
Lenamon said if the case is still going on when the executive order expires, the governor would need to extend the order, and it's not known who the governor will be, WKMG-TV reported.
Judge Lauten said that Ayala has offered to help make sure that King stays on the case as a special prosecutor.
“The March 19 deadline has nothing to do with my intent or my attempt to push this case to trial,” King said.
Judge Lauten said he would likely delay the trial so to give Loyd’s defense more time, according to WKMG.
“I’m thinking the January to April timeframe to try this case," Lauten said, according to WKMG. "Maybe January is a little too soon, but I’d like to try it in the first quarter of next year.”
The murder trial for Dixon is scheduled for September. Lt. Clayton's murder trial is scheduled for January 2019.