July 31, 2019 Review Findings Announced In Markeith LOYD UOF Inquiry

On December 19, 2017, in response to a request from the 9th Circuit State Attorney, then Governor Rick Scott appointed State Attorney Phil Archer to assume responsibility for the review of investigative findings by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the arrest of Markeith LOYD on January 17, 2017. At the time, LOYD was a fugitive being sought for the First Degree Premeditated Murders of Sade Dixon, his pregnant former girlfriend, and Lt. Deborah Clayton of the Orlando Police Department. During his arrest, LOYD sustained significant injuries to his head and face, including the loss of his left eye.

Today, (July 31) our office released the result of that review and the following statement by State Attorney Phil Archer.

“After an exhaustive investigative effort by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and attorneys from my office, a detailed and comprehensive report was presented for my review on July 10, 2019. It documents in detail, the actions of Markeith Loyd and the force used by law enforcement officers who arrested him.

After carefully examining the report and evidence, I have determined that the use of force used during the arrest of Markeith Loyd was lawful and justified under the provisions of Florida Statutes, and no further action will be taken by this office.

At my request, Chief Assistant State Attorney Stacey Salmons who coordinated the investigation with FDLE, prepared a detailed written analysis providing the basis for today’s decision. That report, along with the supporting investigative materials, have been furnished to the appropriate parties in this matter.”

Given the ongoing criminal prosecution of Markeith LOYD in the 9th Judicial Circuit, our office will not be offering further comment at this time.

CASA Stacey Salmons analysis summary can be downloaded HERE


Todd Brown
Media & Communications
(321) 617-7310

Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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