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Markeith Loyd the suspect in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police office attends his initial court appearance Jan. 19 in Orlando. He made another appearance before another judge on Wednesday on a charge of resisting arrest without

Markeith Loyd the suspect in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police office attends his initial court appearance Jan. 19 in Orlando. He made another appearance before another judge on Wednesday on a charge of resisting arrest without

According to local news outlets, Ayala said she made the decision after much "extensive and painstaking thought and consideration" and concluded that the death penalty in Florida had only led to "chaos, uncertainty and turmoil".

The lawmakers accused the prosecutor of failing to do her job, which they maintain requires her to seek the death penalty in certain instances, including cases in which law-enforcement officers were killed.

The story has inevitably crystalized around the fact that Ayala will not call for the death penalty for a man who killed a police officer above anything else.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala on Thursday said she had chose to no longer seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases after conducting a review.

During a Thursday news conference, Ayala announced that she has "determined that [capital punishment] is not in the best interest of the community or the best interest of justice". She said forgoing the death penalty actually saves money. "As an organization that represents people of faith, her decision to reject a death penalty system that has been disproportionately used against poor people and communities of color is an act of moral leadership", said Wes Lathrop, Executive Director of Faith in Florida.

Orange County sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis died in a crash while responding to the manhunt. Loyd had been a wanted fugitive since December 13 when he was accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, and wounding her brother.

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"That's Florida's second death penalty statute in less than two years".

"Ending use of the death penalty in Orange County is a step toward restoring a measure of trust and integrity in our criminal justice system", she said.

Loyd's case is the most visible one affected by State Attorney Aramis Ayala's decision.

CBN News has reported why many are reconsidering their stance on the death penalty.

Under Florida law, a governor can only suspend an elected official for "malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, habitual drunkenness, incompetence, or permanent inability to perform official duties".

She said Florida spends $51 million more per year holding inmates on death row than it would holding them for life without parole, and added that the average death row inmate waits 12 years between sentencing and execution.

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A spokeswoman for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Tasha Jamerson, said the national association doesn't keep track of prosecutors who opt out of seeking the death penalty.

In support of her argument Ayala said she found no evidence to prove the death penalty resulted in an improvement to public safety for either residents or law enforcement.

Mina also told Austin that OPD staff spoke with Clayton's family, saying that Seth Clayton, the widower of Debra Clayton, was "not happy" with the state's decision.

Ayala said in a statement that she would abide by the governor's choice and decline her right to appeal it.

"I didn't have to worry about going through hearings or hearing the stories over and over again of what had happened to Jeff", said Marino.

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