ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend and then killing an Orlando cop before setting off a chaotic manhunt launched into a profanity-laced tirade in court Thursday as he was ordered held without bond, reported NBC News.
Markeith Loyd, 41, appeared in an Orlando courtroom, wearing a bandage around his head and covering his left eye. He spent 20 hours receiving treatment in the hospital before being transported to jail.
Once Loyd arrived in court Thursday, the fireworks began.
“Y’all making up (expletive) like I just went in there and shot this girl,” Loyd ranted in front of the judge, referring to ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon.
Police said they found Loyd Tuesday night in an abandoned west Orlando home — wearing body armor and armed with two guns.
Chief John Mina with the Orlando Police Department told reporters Tuesday that Loyd resisted arrest but a use-of-force investigation would be conducted.
In court Thursday, Loyd countered that he didn’t resist arrest and complained that he was being portrayed unfairly in the media.
During the hearing, he told the judge he wanted to represent himself during proceedings in court. He later snapped “F—- you!” at the judge before bailiffs escorted him out.
Loyd is facing murder charges as well as killing an unborn child by injury to the mother. This was related to the Dec. 13 shooting death of Dixon. Her brother was also shot and wounded during the domestic dispute, but survived.
After searching for Loyd for nearly a month following Dixon’s murder, they located him Jan. 9. A tip led them to Walmart after someone recognized him and called police. Lt. Debra Clayton was shot and killed as she followed up on the information. Loyd is accused of murdering her.
While police searched for Loyd after Clayton was shot, Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was killed in a crash as the manhunt was launched.
Loyd has not yet been charged in Clayton or Lewis’ deaths. He is expected to be in court again next week.
The following tweet from Orlando Police Department provides an aerial view of the arrest:
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 19, 2017
(Feature image source @luannsorrell Twitter feed)