Markeith Loyd Charged with Multiple Murders

Carlos Molina, Staff Writer

On December 13th, 2016, Sade Dixon was fatally shot and killed in front of her own home. Dixon was a 24-year-old woman living in Central Florida who had been dating Markeith Loyd for 3 months. Three days before her murder, Dixon moved back into her parents’ home due to a physical altercation between the couple in which Markeith Loyd bit Dixon on the back, resulting in Dixon going to the doctor to receive a tetanus shot. The night of the murder, Dixon received a phone call while she was eating dinner with her mother, Stephanie Dixon-Daniels, her father, Ron Daniels Sr., and her two brothers Dominique Daniels and Ronald Stewart. The call was from Loyd who told her he wanted to speak and that he was waiting outside for her. During their conversation outside, the family began to hear loud arguing and Ronald Stewart went to check on his sister. Just a few moments later, Dixon’s mother heard gunshots from outside and she ran to check on her children, who were both lying on the front lawn, each wounded. Loyd is then said to have run back to his car, firing shots at Stepanie Dixon-Daniels and Dominique Daniels, who went outside to get his mother. They then fled back inside their home.

Stewart was shot three times and sent along with his sister to Orlando Regional Medical Center where they both were in critical condition. Stewart did recover and is currently undergoing physical therapy, however his sister was pronounced dead at 9:16 PM. Dixon was 2 months pregnant at the time of her death.

With a warrant for his arrest, Loyd was able to evade capture and police attention for nearly a month until he wounded another woman at a Walmart on John Young Parkway. This woman was Lieutenant Debra Clayton of local law enforcement; she had received a tip that Loyd was at the Walmart and after she approached him he fired his gun, killing her, and fled the scene. Almost immediately a vast manhunt was formed and Loyd was caught and arrested nine days later. However, during the police’s arrest of Loyd, he was repeatedly beaten and abused to the point where he had to have surgery on a broken eye socket; Loyd later lost his eye and had to have it removed as a result of the beating. Loyd claims to have been “kicked in the face” where he lost consciousness as the officers allegedly continued to strike him in the back and face with punches, kicks, and the muzzle of the officer’s rifles. An agent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Jefferey Duncan, even claimed the officer’s “dog-piled” onto Loyd and even “stomped on his face” in a mob-like fashion. The Orlando Police Department will not face any charges or consequences as the results of an FDLE investigation state that the officer’s use of force was “justified”. But now, nearly two years later, Loyd was charged guilty with first-degree murder, first-degree murder of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted felony murder.

There was much talk about capital punishment, a.k.a the death penalty, being authorized in this case, however, the jury opted out of that form of punishment and instead sentenced Loyd to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was sentenced on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. Loyd will face trial once again next year for the murder of Lieutenant Debra Clayton.