Man accused of killing officer wants lie-detector test

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, Markeith Loyd looks toward family members during court proceedings at his arraignment, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Loyd, accused of killing a police officer and his pregnant ex-girlfriend told a judge he wants to take a lie-detector test. He made the request Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the end of a routine hearing. (Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man accused of killing a police officer and his pregnant ex-girlfriend told a judge he wants to take a lie-detector test.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Markeith Loyd made the request Tuesday at the end of a routine hearing.

Loyd faces multiple charges including first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Sade Dixon last December and 42-year-old Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in January. Authorities say Loyd fatally shot Clayton when she approached him outside a Walmart store.

Chief Judge Frederick Lauten told Loyd he should speak to his lawyers about taking a lie-detector test. Polygraph tests are admissible in Florida courts if all parties agree to their submission as evidence.

If convicted, Loyd could receive the death penalty.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/


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