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Markeith Loyd’s niece, ex-girlfriend granted bond after arrests

3 who have relationship with Markeith Loyd arrested for allegedly helping him evade police.

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Bond has been for the niece and ex-girlfriend of Markeith Loyd, both of whom are accused of helping the suspected cop-killer evade law enforcement.

@BN9: 3 who have relationship with Markeith Loyd arrested for allegedly helping him evade police.

ORLANDO — 

Bond was granted Thursday morning for the niece and ex-girlfriend of Markeith Loyd, both of whom are accused of helping the suspected Orlando cop-killer evade law enforcement.

Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, Loyd’s niece, was granted a $750,000 bond during her court appearance. She was arrested Wednesday on charges she helped Loyd by picking up money for him Saturday, Jan. 7, at the restaurant at which he worked, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jameis Slaughter, a former girlfriend of Loyd who was also arrested Wednesday, was granted a $500,000 bond for charges that she helped Loyd evade police and a $5,000 bond for charges that she gave a false name to law enforcement.

A third person arrested in connection with the case, Zarghee Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday night. Mayan, a coworker of Loyd’s, is accused of giving “inconsistent statements” to authorities about the 41-year-old Loyd, according to his arrest affidavit released Wednesday.

Markeith Loyd is wanted in connection with the slaying of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, who was shot at an Orlando Wal-Mart as she confronted him about the Dec. 13, 2016 shooting death of Loyd’s pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

In an arrest affidavit, deputies said that Smith-Loyd had reached out to them to say she knew where her uncle was but ultimately became uncooperative. At some point, she tried to give money to her uncle, the report said. Deputies say Slaughter had come to Loyd’s home in mid-December to collect rent money, and her car was spotted at the Wal-Mart where Clayton was gunned down less than 2 hours after the shooting.

Mayan, Smith-Loyd and Slaughter all face charges of accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. Slaughter also is charged with giving a false name adversely affecting another.

Anyone with information on Loyd’s location is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). The reward for information is $100,000, the largest reward ever offered by Crimeline.

The funeral for Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway. There will also be a funeral service in Port Charlotte, which is Lewis’ hometown.

A day later, the funeral for Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton will be 2 p.m. Saturday, also at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

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Markeith Loyd’s niece, ex-girlfriend granted bond after arrests

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