Florida prosecutor refuses to seek death penalty for alleged cop killer, defies Gov. Rick Scott’s order to step aside

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March 21, 2017 - State prosecutor Aramis Ayala may have made Florida history last week when she declared publicly and emphatically that she would not, under any circumstances, seek the death penalty. The audacity of Ayala’s stance, in a state that has been among the heaviest users of capital punishment, was underscored by the first defendant her pledge would affect: Markeith Loyd, who is charged in the slayings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, shot execution style. Click here to learn more. 

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