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Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration./ Photo: File, WMFE
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Racist Threats Toward State Attorney Aramis Ayala


Aside from debating life and death, the conversation around Florida’s death penalty has some racist undertones, as evidenced this week after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said a noose was mailed to her office. Ayala made the remarks during a radio interview on WHPB 98.5 The Wire, a station based in the Pine Hills area. Host Paul Porter had asked Ayala about the threats she received after announcing in March that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty for capital cases, including the case of murder suspect Markeith Loyd. Since Ayala announced her decision, she was removed from the Loyd case and 22 more first-degree murder cases by Gov. Rick Scott, who said she “won’t fight for justice.” Ayala has filed …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Igniting Criticism


Herman Lindsey can tell you what it’s like to wait for a turn with death. He was put on Florida’s death row in 2007, after being convicted of the murder of a store clerk who was fatally shot during a Fort Lauderdale robbery in 1994. As he fought to prove his innocence, other men were taken into the white execution room and injected with a fatal cocktail of drugs. And then one day, Lindsey was free. After fighting his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, all seven justices agreed the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction, much less a death sentence. Lindsey says he felt ignored by lawmakers in his fight to abolish the death penalty …
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Local News

State To Seek Death Penalty For Markeith Loyd


State Attorney Brad King says he will seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd. King was assigned to the case by Governor Rick Scott after Orange and Osceola County prosecutor Aramis Ayala refused to seek the death penalty for Loyd or other cases in her jurisdiction.
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Shooting suspect Markeith Loyd/Photo: Orlando Police Department
Local News

Arrests Made As Manhunt Continues For Orlando Police Shooting Suspect


Authorities have arrested the niece of a fugitive wanted in two killings, including the shooting of an Orlando police officer. Online court records show that 27-year-old Lakensha Smith-Loyd was arrested Wednesday on a charge of accessory, a day after the fugitive’s supervisor at a fried chicken restaurant was arrested on a similar charge.
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