Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, officer won't face death penalty

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The governor asked Ayala to recuse herself from the case on Thursday and when she refused, she was relieved of her duties and replaced with State Attorney Brad King.

Ayala "has made it clear that she will not fight for justice", Scott said in a statement announcing his reassignment of the case to King, who is based in Ocala and has been the circuit's chief prosecutor for almost three decades. She 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, ' he said.

Just days after a new state law went into effect allowing prosecutors to once again pursue death sentences, State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she did not believe it was an effective deterrent and that it causes too much pain for victims' families.

Loyd, 41, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the December 13 fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend Sade Dixon and her unborn child and the January 9 shooting death of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, 42, whom authorities said Loyd killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He was on the run for about a month before being confronted by Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton at a Walmart.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's death-sentencing scheme a year ago, saying Florida gave judges too much power over sentences, effectively freezing the death penalty there.

According to Scott, Ayala told him she would not be recusing herself from the case.

"She was given no chance to live".

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that Ayala contacted him Wednesday, and while he said "it is her decision to make", he also hoped she would reconsider.

"We affirm that the responsibility of enforcing the laws of Florida is paramount to our oath of office", the state attorneys said in a statement. The state of Florida has a death penalty.

"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.

Jeff Ashton said he knew Ayala got financial help with TV ads like one from the group Florida Safety & Justice, financed by liberal, anti-death penalty billionaire George Soros, who helped a half-dozen other state attorney candidates previous year.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement that he was "extremely upset".

State law gives state attorneys broad discretion to determine how best to pursue each case, including whether or not to seek the death penalty.

I'm not a big fan of the death penalty.

"I have given this issue extensive, painstaking thought and consideration", she said. In a Facebook post, he says not going after the death penalty appalling and reprehensible.

Ayala referenced several of the factors I mentioned as a reason for not seeking the death penalty in this emotionally charged case.

In response to Spano, Warren applauded the Legislature and Scott for passing legislation requiring a unanimous jury recommendation to obtain a death sentence.

Speaking to a reporter after a Q&A session for his annual Neighborhood & Community Summit at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Dyer said Ayala overstepped her bounds by refusing to consider the death penalty. The US Supreme Court ruled in January 2016 that the state's death penalty process was unconstitutional, and the state's high court ruled against a proposed fix to that law late a year ago.

Despite the severe backlash, Ayala maintains that the death penalty doesn't provide justice to victims' families, who are often dragged through years and years of court appeals.

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.

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