Florida police murder trial begins

Orlando, Florida (AP)

A jury selection began for a Florida man’s trial accused of killing a police officer after a fatal shot of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Markeith Loyd, 46, has been charged with one murder in the 2017 shooting death of Lieutenant Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department. Lloyd has already been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his ex-girlfriend Sad Dixon.

If convicted of Clayton’s murder, Lloyd could face the death penalty again. He pleaded not guilty.

Orlando Sentinel reported that the jury selection began on Friday in the first pool of 240 people. Judge Leticia Marquez of the Circuit Court said the once-elected jury would be quarantined in a local hotel to avoid seeing or reading news about the case.

“When a jury obtains information from outside the courtroom, you violate everyone’s right to a fair and open investigation of the evidence,” Marquez told the jury candidate.

Prosecutors say they shot Clayton deadly at Wal-Mart on January 9, 2017, when Lloyd tried to arrest Dixon for killing him a few weeks ago.

The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

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