(Orlando Sentinel) – Murder suspect Markeith Loyd, seated in a Orlando Police vehicle being transported from Orlando Police headquarter transported Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to ORMC hospital after being captured earlier this evening. Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot by suspect Markeith Loyd outside a Walmart store last week in west Orlando. (Red Huber/ Staff Photographer )
Markeith Loyd. Loyd, 41, was arrested at 7 p.m. in an abandoned house at 1157 Lescot Lane near Raleigh Street, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference Tuesday night.
Since the killings and manhunt began, authorities scoured Central Florida and arrested several people accused of helping the convicted felon elude capture. On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshal Service raised the reward for a tip that led to his capture to $125,000.
But even before the most recent slayings, Loyd led a troubled life filled with crime. His extensive criminal history stretches back decades and includes a murder charge in 1995, for which he was never convicted.
Here’s a detailed timeline of the intricate case, told in reverse chronological order with the most recent events at the top, showing Loyd’s past and how deputies say he’s evaded law enforcement for weeks:
Loyd is captured about 7 p.m. after being tracked to an abandoned house on Lescot Lane near Raleigh Street, police said.
He was wearing body armor and had two handguns. At first he tried to run but then dropped the weapons and surrendered, Orlando police Chief John Mina said.
He faces two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in Dixon and her unborn child’s deaths, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
Charges in Clayton’s death were not announced.
Loyd was hauled into Orlando police headquarters with a bloodied and swollen face, exclaiming to news cameras “They beat me up! They beat me up!”
Earlier in the day, police held a press conference to announce the U.S. Marshals Service has added Loyd to its top 15 most-wanted fugitive list.
Authorities also released a photo of Loyd with his head shaved, explaining he may have changed his appearance.
As funeral services were underway for Deputy Norman Lewis, a SWAT team searched an abandoned building at the Rosemont Country Club Apartments.
The neighborhood was shut down as authorities canvas the area.
Loyd was not found.
Orlando police Chief John Mina promoted Clayton posthumously to the rank of lieutenant during her funeral at First Baptist Orlando.
As Clayton was laid to rest, the manhunt for Loyd continued.
Crimeline declined an offer to match the $100,000 reward for information on Loyd’s whereabouts, saying they didn’t need it yet.
Seminole County tax Collector Joel Greenberg offered to push the reward to $200,000 but Crimeline said the money didn’t seem to be helping track the felon down, even though they receive more than 1,000 tips.
Investigators continued searching in Polk County for Loyd.
Meanwhile, family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers gathered at the First Baptist Orlando church for a viewing for Clayton.
Authorities searched more than 100 locations for Loyd and broadened the manhunt to include Polk County after authorities discovered he might have family in the Haines City area.
Crimeline received more than 800 tips but none of them yielded a location for the felon.
Mina offered new details in the case at a press conference, saying officers found Loyd’s clothing and that he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.
Mina also said Loyd fired at Clayton even after she was “defenseless” on the ground.
Two people accused of helping Loyd avoid capture were arrested.
Loyd’s niece, Lakensha Smith-Loyd, and his ex-girlfriend Jameis Slaughter were charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder in Dixon’s death.
According to an arrest affadavit, Smith-Loyd called authorities sometime after Dixon’s death and told them Loyd may have shot Dixon in self-defense. She told them she would try to convince her uncle to give himself up. But then she became uncooperative.
Authorities found that she and Slaughter went to Loyd’s old job at New Texas Fried Chicken to pick up his last paycheck and give it to him.
Slaughter’s vehicle was also allegedly spotted near the Wal-Mart where Clayton was killed 90 minutes after the incident, the affadavit said.
Meanwhile, deputies from Orange and Lake counties looked for Loyd at a home near Bay Lake, a rural area near Groveland.
As the manhunt for Loyd continued, law enforcement extended their search into Lake County and searched three homes.
Meanwhile, the first arrest in the case was made.
Zarghee Mayan, Loyd’s former boss, was charged with helping Loyd avoid capture after Dixon’s death.
He confessed to giving Loyd food from his restaurant, New Texas Fried Chicken, two days before Clayton’s killing, according to an arrest affidavit.
He also told officers he drove Loyd to several locations shortly after Dixon’s killing. Loyd even told him about the murder, records show.
Someone who recognized Loyd flagged down Clayton at a Wal-Mart at Princeton Street and North John Young Parkway. She was on-duty, in uniform and wearing body armor, so she called dispatch, then started approached him.
Clayton yelled for him to “stop” but instead, he opened fire. She shot back. Later, based on evidence found at the scene, it was discovered that he had been shot.
He shot her multiple times, continuing to fire as she fell to the ground.
Backup officers who arrived 28 seconds later tried to save Clayton with CPR. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m.
A short distance from the Wal-Mart, a captain at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spotted Loyd near Pine Hills Road and North Lane. Loyd shot at the deputy as he pulled into an apartment complex. He wasn’t injured.
Then, officials say Loyd carjacked a vehicle and sped off. He ditched the car near Cinderlane Parkway.
A manhunt began.
SWAT teams, armored vehicles and a helicopter surrounded the Tradik Brookside apartments on Rosewood Way, near Cinderlane Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail.
Residents were forced from their homes as law enforcement broke about a dozen windows and doors in the complex, even using tear gas in the search for Loyd.
Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis was responding to the manhunt while on motorcycle patrol.
As he drove down Pine Hills Road, he was hit by a van turning left onto Balboa Drive. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Ten minutes later, a second motorcycle deputy was involved in a crash a short distance down Pine Hills Road. He was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Law enforcement pulled out of the Tradik Brookside apartments.
Loyd showed up to the New Texas Fried Chicken and got a free meal from Mayan, records show.
Mayan told authorities Loyd was armed and had on a bullet proof vest, an arrest affidavit said.
Slaughter stopped by Loyd’s home on 18th Street, records show.
She asked a woman who also lived in the home for rent money since Loyd was wanted by authorities, an arrest affidavit said.
The pair started arguing and one of them threatened to “jump” the other, an incident report stated. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate. No arrests were made.
Slaughter told authorities she went to the apartment to kick out the current tenants for not paying rent and not to collect money.
Sometime around this date, Loyd allegedly stopped by a relative’s home while Slaughter was there and he said “law enforcement would have to kill him before he went back to prison,” an arrest affidavit said.
An arrest warrant was issued for Loyd on allegations he was not complying with terms of his probation.
Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Loyd’s arrest in Sade Dixon’s death.
Dixon, 24, was found lying near the front door of her home in west Orange County just after 9 p.m. She’d been shot.
Her brother, Ronald Stewart, was found lying nearby and had also been shot numerous times. He was taken the hospital in critical condition.
Deputies who responded tried giving Dixon CPR but it was too late. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses told deputies Dixon’s ex-boyfriend fled in an older model red Buick Regal. That led law enforcement to Markeith Loyd. They got a warrant for his arrest the following day.
Later that night
After Dixon was killed, Loyd met Mayan at New Texas Fried Chicken restaurant at 400 South Orange Blossom Trail.
Mayan drove Loyd to a house either on Lee Road or Jackson Street then to another home in the Richmond Heights neighborhood, where Loyd’s estranged wife lives, an arrest affidavit said.
Loyd told Mayan to knock on the front door but he instead walked up then turned back to his vehicle. He told authorities he believes Loyd was planning to shoot the woman next.
As they were driving, Loyd admitted to Mayan he shot Dixon and said he would be sending someone to pick up his last paycheck, an affidavit said.
Loyd posted to his Facebook, “…when you talk about street legends mention ME!!!!! Me!!!!”
Loyd posted to Facebook, “Goals!!!! To be on Americas most wanted…”
The post was one of dozens that showed Loyd’s life of partying, lifting weights and disparaging women.
He regularly posed live videos that included him partying at a strip club. Another talked about him killing cops during a traffic stop.
But another showed him reading in bed with Dixon and even hearing the heartbeat of his unborn child during a sonogram.
Loyd’s wife, Lacarsha Robinson, filed a domestic injunction against Loyd on Oct. 26, alleging over the last seven months he had pushed her down the stairs, hit her, kicked her and broke one of her ribs, court records show.
In the injunction, she also claimed Loyd shot her in the leg but she didn’t call authorities because she was afraid, explaining he threatened “he would kill my kids and family. I am in danger and fear of my life,” court records show.
“He said he is not scared of the police and he would kill them,” she wrote in the injunction.
Three days later, Oct. 29, Loyd filed an injunction against Robinson, claiming she punched him in the face because she thought he was seeing someone else, the injunction states.
Loyd said his wife was clumsy and the injuries she noted were her own fault because she “hurts herself when she drinks by falling or whatever,” the injunction said.
He also claimed she was threatening him so he packed up and left their home.
Both injunctions were voluntarily dismissed.
Loyd and Robinson get their marriage certificate.
In July, Loyd is released from federal prison after serving time for two cocaine charges, records show.
He is placed on five years probation after release.
Loyd was in the Orange County Jail when Corrections Officer Elana Pierce filed charges against him for battery. Pierce stated she asked him to get off the phone for mealtime, but he refused.
When she instructed him to turn around to be handcuffed, he “got into an aggressive stance, he swing toward my face, which was blocked by my right arm, which was struck,” arrest records show.
The charges were dropped, court records show.
While serving time in state prison, Loyd was found guilty in federal court on two cocaine charges. He was sentenced to 12 and 1/2 years behind bars.
In January, Loyd was sentenced to four years and 15 days in state prison for battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter and resisting arrest with violence, Florida Department of Corrections records show.
He was released about four years later, then served time in federal court.
Loyd and three others were charged in the death of Keith Hall on Nov. 17, 1995.
The 24-year-old victim had been shot several times at his home on East Wallace Street near Oak Ridge Road.
Investigators said the killers wanted drugs from Hall.
The charges were dropped after their prime witness, a 15-year-old girl, said she had lied about key information.
The information was an important link between the men and Hall’s death, prosecutors said.