Accused Cop Killer to Judge: 'F--- You'

Markeith Loyd says he'll represent himself
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Markeith Loyd attends his initial court appearance Thursday at the Orange County Jail.   (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – The man accused of fatally shooting an Orlando police officer as well as his pregnant ex-girlfriend had plenty to say during his first court appearance Thursday before saying "F--- you" to a judge as he was led away. Markeith Loyd, 41, told the judge he would represent himself but added "y'all making up s--- … like I just went in there and shot this girl," referring to ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, who was shot outside her family's home on Dec. 13, per NBC News and the Orlando Sentinel. There were "other guns found on the scene, and all kinds of guns were pulled on me," Loyd added, per Fox 13. He also said officers broke his nose and jaw and "took my eye” after his arrest on Tuesday, and he disputed police allegations that he resisted arrest.

Loyd, who appeared in court with a bandage over one eye, required 20 hours of treatment for injuries sustained during his capture, which ended a nine-day manhunt. Loyd was wanted for questioning about Dixon's death—Dixon's brother was also shot in the same incident but survived—when he was approached by Lt. Debra Clayton on Jan. 9. Police say Loyd shot Clayton once, then several more times while standing over her body, before fleeing. Another officer, Norman Lewis, died in a car accident during the ensuing manhunt. Loyd, who is yet to face charges related to either death, is charged with the murder of Dixon and her unborn child. He was denied bond Thursday and is held at Orange County Jail. (Read more Florida stories.)

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