A weeklong manhunt was launched for Loyd after police say he shot Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton in a Walmart parking lot on Jan. 9, 2017. He already was suspected of killing his pregnant former girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in December 2016.
Loyd required surgery on his left eye and became permanently blind as a result, according to records.
In Ayala’s response, she pointed to a sentence in the governor’s executive order that states “… the investigation, prosecution, and all matters related to Markeith Loyd.” Ayala also took issue with King’s conversations with the governor’s general counsel.
The assignment comes after State Attorneys Aramis Ayala and Brad King went back and forth in emails about who had jurisdiction over the investigation.
The governor’s general counsel reached out to Ayala to seek whether the state attorney wanted the case reassigned and Scott issued an executive order Dec. 18 assigning the case to Archer.
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An investigation into Orlando police officers’ use of force when arresting suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd last year has been assigned to Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer, the governor decided.