dglobalnews.com 'Just another case' says new proscutor after given assignment from Gov. Scott
Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

'Just another case' says new proscutor after given assignment from Gov. Scott

Ayala was a political newcomer a year ago when she took on her former boss, then-State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who had been one of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony case.

"Her wish is that Markeith Loyd dies quickly, but if he must live, that he live and die in prison and never walk free again", said Demings, quoting Dixon's mother, Stephanie Dixon-Daniels.

"[Ayala] has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King", Scott said.

Scott signed an executive order saying that Ayala was making her decision "without regard" for whether aggravating factors - things that can warrant a death sentence - were present in the case.

"If they don't uphold the laws of our state, they shouldn't be state attorneys", Latvala said, adding, "I think she ought to be thrown out of office".

The Sunshine State's death penalty statutes have recently been under fire, with the U.S. Supreme Court deeming them unconstitutional a year ago.

"Some victims will support and some will surely oppose my decision, but I have learned that death penalty traps many victim's families in decades-long cycle of uncertainty", Ayala said.

In 2016, the practice hit a speed bump when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's death penalty procedures unconstitutional and rendered hundreds of capital punishment cases eligible for potential re-sentencing. But when it's a law enforcement officer in a prone position who is shot four times by someone already on the run, he said Ayala's decision was widely felt, even though her jurisdiction is limited to Central Florida.

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"Each state attorney, including Ms. Ayala, after careful and meticulous evaluation, has the full, legal discretion to determine for his or her jurisdiction, whether to employ this ultimate sanction", Warren said in a statement. Governor Rick Scott now wants her to recuse herself from a high-profile murder trial.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called Ms Ayala's decision "a blatant neglect of duty".

"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.

This week, Mr Scott signed legislation tightening state law to require a unanimous recommendation by a jury before judges can impose the death penalty.

Ayala, 42, became state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties on January 3 after she upset incumbent Jeff Ashton in the August primary with the help of $1.4 million in donations from a political action committee with ties to billionaire and liberal activist George Soros, the Sentinel reports.

The decision immediately drew condemnation from the law enforcement community and Florida politicians.

"I've seen the video, so I know the state attorney has seen the video of (Loyd) standing over defenseless and helpless Lt. Debra Clayton and executing her". She was given no chance. "A cop killer - who also killed his pregnant girlfriend - should not be given that chance". "I've also heard from many citizens, who share the same feelings", Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Thursday afternoon.

"Heinous crimes like the one Mr. Loyd committed are the reason our law allows for the death penalty", said State Rep. She was gunned downed after police say she encountered Loyd at a Walmart store off John Young Parkway.

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