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Anti-death penalty prosecutor appeals Florida governor's decision

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 00:55

Days after Florida Governor Rick Scott took her off a case for refusing to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer, a local prosecutor has filed a motion to stay on the case. Linda So reports.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Accused cop killer Markeith Loyd made his first court appearance on Monday following Florida Governor Rick Scott's decision to replace the prosecutor assigned to his case. The governor's decision came after State Attorney Aramis Ayala declared last week she would not seek the death penalty in Loyd's murder case or any other case during her time in office. Ayala, who took office early this year, said Florida's death penalty system was in quote "legal chaos." On Monday, she filed a motion to stay on Loyd's case, telling the judge during a hearing she believes the governor overstepped his bounds. Also during the hearing, Loyd reaffirmed his decision to represent himself and accused the governor of showing prejudice. Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer.

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Anti-death penalty prosecutor appeals Florida governor's decision

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 00:55