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Jurors recommend life for a Florida man in girlfriend’s killing

The same jury found Loyd guilty last week of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting 24-year-old Sade Dixon outside her home in 2016.
Markeith Loyd, suspected of fatally shooting a Florida police officer, attends his initial court appearance Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the Orange County Jail, in Orlando, Fla. Loyd spoke out of turn and was defiant during the appearance on charges of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He was injured during his arrest Tuesday night following a weeklong manhunt.
Published Oct. 23

ORLANDO, Fla. — A jury is recommending life in prison for a Florida man convicted last week of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 12 jurors deliberated for an hour Wednesday about whether Markeith Loyd should get the death penalty before reaching their decision.

The same jury found Loyd guilty last week of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting 24-year-old Sade Dixon outside her home in 2016.

RELATED: Jury selection begins in killing of pregnant woman, and Florida police officer

Loyd could have been sent to death row only if the jury recommended it unanimously.

Loyd still faces trial in the fatal shooting of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in January 2017 while she was trying to arrest him.

That trial is scheduled for next year. Prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty.

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