Gov. Scott Wants State Atty. To Recuse Herself In Cop Killer Case

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Gov. Scott Wants State Atty. To Recuse Herself In Cop Killer Case

Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that State Attorney Aramis Ayala should recuse herself from handling Markeith Loyd's case after she announced her office will no longer seek the death penalty in cases.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for Ayala to recuse herself from the Loyd case.

"I have spoken with the State Attorney and I'm extremely upset that she will not be seeking the death penalty for triple murderer Markeith Lloyd", Chief Mina said in a statement.

"I would not be surprised if there is a movement to impeach her from office on the grounds that she's not following the laws of the state of Florida", said Rickman.

Ayala, a Democrat who has been the state attorney for just three months and is the first black elected prosecutor in Florida, said in her morning announcement that "there is no evidence the death penalty protects the public".

"Let's remember, Markeith Loyd is accused of executing a fearless law enforcement hero and murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon".

The legislation was aimed at restarting death penalty cases, after questions about Florida's death penalty law during the past year brought executions to a halt.

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Legal Expert Anthony Rickman says the death penalty is meant for the worst of the worst, and the crimes for which Markeith Loyd is accused, fit the bill. She also said it was more expensive to put someone on death row rather than put them in jail for life and that the endless appeals of death row inmates can actually prevent victim's families from achieving closure. "She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day".

King also had a message to Orlando Police chief John Mina and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Similarly, state Attorney General Pam Bondi, also a Republican, said it "sends a risky message" not to seek the death penalty.

"Let's remember, Markeith Loyd is accused of executing a fearless law enforcement hero and murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon".

He said he would not comment on Ayala's decision to not seek the death penalty, but that he plans to seek justice for the victims. "We believe that this should be determined by a jury, if he gets the death penalty". It requires juries to vote unanimously in favor of a death sentence, upping the standard from a 10-2 majority.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the decision "a blatant neglect of duty", saying it sends a unsafe message to residents and visitors.

They demanded Scott take action against her, calling her "lawless" and her decision "appalling".

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