Orange Osceola County Aramis Ayala filed a motion on Monday, that would allow her to stay on the Markeith Loyd case. This comes days after Florida Governor Rick Scott removed Ayala from the case after she announced she would not seek the death penalty in the alleged killing of OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton, and Loyd’s former girlfriend Sade Dixon who was pregnant at the time of her death.
“The Governor does not possess any authority to remove me, a popularly
elected State Attorney.” the motion in part reads “the Governor can remove me only if he determines that for “good and sufficient reasons,” “the ends of justice would be best served”
The Markeith Loyd case has since been given to Brad King, who serves Lake County and the surrounding areas.
Ayala has also said she will not seek the death penalty in any other cases under the state’s current system.
“The Governor can remove me only if he determines that for “good and sufficient reasons,” “the ends of justice would be best served” continues the motion adding such a removal is unprecedented “A “good and sufficient reason,” therefore, must be based on something more than a disagreement over how I should exercise my discretion in an individual case.”
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