A Florida murder suspect who is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando, Fla., police officer in two separate cases burst into an expletive-laced rant during his initial hearing Thursday, insisting on his innocence, the Associated Press reports.
Markeith Loyd said that the allegations against him are “made up,” and claimed that authorities beat him up even though he did not resist arrest in the aftermath of an extensive and intense manhunt.
Loyd appeared in court with a swollen face and his eye bandaged to face charges that include first-degree murder and unlawful killing of an unborn child in the death of Sade Dixon, his ex.
“They done took my eye, broke my nose, broke my jaw,” Loyd argued, adding that he intended to represent himself. “I didn’t resist.”
The 41-year-old is also facing charges in the fatal shooting of Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.
Police claim that Loyd resisted arrest, and they used force in order to bring him in Tuesday following a nine-day manhunt. Loyd had to be hospitalized until Wednesday night and was then jailed.
Orange County Judge Jeanette Bigney ordered Loyd held without bond.
According to AP, although the judge cautioned Loyd to be careful with his outbursts during the hearing, Loyd plowed on with his mini rants.
“Everything you say is being recorded, sir,” the judge said, confirming that Loyd was speaking under oath.
“I’m not finished talking because y’all been making up shit the whole time,” Loyd responded before going on to speak out in defense of the three people who have been arrested thus far for allegedly helping him evade arrest.
“I have not received nothing from nobody. I was out there by myself. Nobody helped me do anything. I was in Wal-Mart by myself. Wasn’t nobody doing nothing for me,” he insisted.
The judge cut across him at that point, telling him that they were only addressing one case at this point. Bigney told the court that another hearing will be held to determine who will represent Loyd. When she gave officers the go-ahead to remove Loyd from the courtroom, Loyd turned to her and said, “Fuck you.”
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