Just weeks before an Orlando man allegedly shot a police officer who recognized him as the suspect in his pregnant girlfriend’s murder, his sweetheart joked about him killing cops — and her.
The manhunt for Markeith Loyd, accused of gunning down Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton in front of a Walmart Monday, stretched into a third day Wednesday as video from November surfaced showing his girlfriend joking at a traffic stop.
“Go ahead and kill him, babe, so we can get home faster,” Sade Dixon playfully told her boyfriend, referring to the officer who pulled them over them over, according to a Facebook Live video. It’s not clear why the cop stopped them.
Later, when Loyd started speeding, the 24-year-old again teased him.
“You not about to kill me and the baby!” she said in the video, first uncovered by the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m not going to live past 25. I’m not going to make it!”
About a month later, Loyd, 41, fatally shot Dixon inside her Orange County home in December, police said. The attack also killed their unborn child.
Police had been hunting for the accused killer for weeks when Clayton, who was on duty and wearing her uniform, recognized him in front of an Orlando Walmart Monday. Loyd opened fire when the officer demanded he stop, police said.Clayton was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, and the shooting triggered a massive manhunt across Orlando.
As officers combed over the city Monday, two Orange County deputies were involved in motorcycle crashes. Deputy Norman Lewis, 35, died after a van struck him.
Minutes later, Deputy Nelson Borjas suffered minor injuries in an unrelated motorcycle wreck.
Funerals are planned for Lewis on Friday, and Clayton on Saturday.
On Tuesday, officers increased the bounty for information on the on-the-loose killer to $100,000 and said that they were preparing arrest warrants for those believed to have helped Loyd evade the cops.
Zarghee Mayan, a 33-year-old former coworker of Loyd’s at a fried chicken restaurant, was arrested later that night and charged with giving the fugitive food, transportation and money to him after the Dixon shooting.
He allegedly told investigators that Loyd threatened him with death and made him drive the armed fugitive to his ex-wife’s house, where no one answered the door, according to an arrest report seen by the Sentinel.
Mayan, who admitted giving $200 to Loyd through his niece, said that the last time he saw Loyd was Saturday, two days before the killing of Clayton, and that his friend had a gun and was wearing body armor.
The niece, 27-year-old Lakensha Smith-Loyd was arrested on Wednesday for collecting the money. Her arrest affidavit said that she originally cooperated with investigators after the Dixon killing before stopping.
Also Wednesday, Jameis Slaughter, was arrested and is accused of being an accessory after the fact. Slaughter’s relation to Loyd was not immediately disclosed.
H/T: NY Daily News