Markeith Loyd, the man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando, Fla., police officer who tried to arrest him, is competent enough to decide whether he wants to be represented by an attorney, a judge said Thursday. The judge did not make a final ruling as to whether Loyd can represent himself.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Loyd sat quietly in the jury box, guarded by three officers. In previous court appearances, he swore at judges, but on Thursday he answered some of 9th Circuit Chief Judge Frederick Lauten’s questions and ignored others.
“I intend to treat you with respect and dignity because you’re owed that as a human being,” Lauten told Loyd at the start of the hearing. “I need that same behavior from you.”