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Ayala: Rick Scott overstepped authority in death penalty case

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Special to the Times

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala



From the Associated Press

A state attorney says Florida’s governor overstepped his authority when he pulled her off a case after she said she would not pursue the death penalty in any cases. 

State Attorney Aramis Ayala made the assertion Monday in a legal motion that asks a judge to allow her to present that argument in court. The motion claims that allowing the governor to interfere could undermine Florida’s judicial system. 

Markeith Loyd is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. 

Gov. Rick Scott removed Ayala from Loyd’s case and reassigned it to another state attorney after Ayala made her announcement against the death penalty Thursday. 

A spokeswoman for the governor didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday. 

[Last modified: Monday, March 20, 2017 1:32pm]


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