On Thursday afternoon, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he has removed Orange Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the Markeith Loyd case. This comes hours after Ayala held a press conference announcing she would not be seeking the death penalty against Loyd for the death of OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton and his former girlfriend Sade Dixon who was pregnant at the time of her death. (story HERE).
The Governor made the decision after after saying Ayala should recuse herself (story HERE).
“Earlier today, I called on State Attorney Ayala to immediately recuse herself from this case.” says Scott “She informed me this afternoon that she refuses to do that. She has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King.”
King has been in office since 1989 and represents Lake, Hernando, Marion counties and other surrounding areas.
Ayala’s news was met with negative sentiment from the law enforcement community including Orlando Police Chief John Mina, the Fraternal Order of Police, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who’s department lost Deputy Norm Lewis during the manhunt for Loyd.
“I am outraged and sickened by this loss of life and many families’ lives have been forever changed because of these senseless murders. These families deserve a state attorney who will aggressively prosecute Markeith Loyd to the fullest extent of the law and justice must be served.” added Scott.