Tampa, FL - Rep. Sean Shaw is being outspoken in his defense of Markeith Loyd, comparing the prosecution of Loyd to the lynching of black men as a form of terrorism.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala had been removed from the Markeith Loyd case by Governor Rick Scott because she refused to seek the death penalty in the case.
Afterwards, Aramis Ayala issued a statement that said a motion had been filed to suspend the hearings for Loyd.
In the statement, she said that Governor Scott does not have the power to remove her from the Loyd case and then said that she did not want to “hold up the process and further impact the families,” that she understood it was “a time sensitive matter,” and that she would like to see “the successful prosecution” of Loyd.
Brad King said that he was unaware of Ayala’s latest motion. “But, I would say the filing of the governor’s executive order divests Ms. Ayala of any jurisdiction to be a party in this cause. The governor has appointed me,” King said.
King has since filed a motion opposing Ayala's motion opposing King. Ayala is likely to file a motion opposing King's motion opposing Ayala's motion of opposing King.
Florida politicians are now taking sides in the battle.
WESH2 Reports that Democratic state Sen. Perry Thurston said, “Scott’s hasty response to State Attorney Ayala’s announcement set a dangerous precedent and is a slap in the face to the voters who carried her into office."
What's most shocking though is Democratic state representative Sean Shaw's response. “The death penalty is a link to the sordid past in Florida, where lynchings were used to terrorize our community,” said Shaw.
Markeith Loyd is no victim though. Markeith Loyd’s charges include first-degree murder in the execution of Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton. Loyd stood over her and executed her as she was wounded on the ground.
Loyd is also charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer which occurred when Loyd shot at an Orange County Deputy during the manhunt, and first-degree murder in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend in addition to a multitude of other charges.
It's disgusting to compare this cold-blooded killer with the victims of racially-motivated terrorism.
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