Aramis Ayala is a disgrace to the office she holds. She should resign or the Governor should remove her from office!
You may or may not be aware of the case of a Florida Prosecutor, Aramis Ayala, saying she will NOT seek the death penalty in the case of Markeith Loyd. Or in “any other case.” This is a disgrace to her office and her profession.
She has taken an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Florida. Florida has the death penalty for heinous crimes, and if Ayala is unable to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law she should resign her position, or, be removed from office.
Aramis Ayala – The case that brings this to light
Markeith Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, wounding by gunshot, her brother Ronald Steward on December 10, 2016.
Sade and her brother were shot by Loyd outside her parents home on December 13th, 2016 around 9pm.
The next day her parents make a public plea for the community to help find their daughter’s killer. “We would like the killer, you know who you are, to turn yourself in. Don’t make them come get you,” Stephanie Dixon- Daniels said.
A few hours later the Orange County Sheriff’s office announce Markeith Loyd as a suspect in Sade’s death and the shooting of her brother.
Markeith Loyd had Prior Arrests
Markeith Loyd has a prior criminal history. He was arrested in 1995 and charged with murder, but, that charge was later dropped because a witness had lied about key information.
In 1998 Loyd was convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer and spent 4 years in jail.
Early morning on January 9th, 2017 Officer Debra Clayton, 42, is approached by a customer at Walmart and informed that Loyd is at the store. Officer Clayton radios for backup and attempts to apprehend Loyd.
A witness has stated that Loyd began shooting when Officer Clayton yelled to him to stop running. Officer Clayton was hit.
Additional police arrived in just a few seconds but Officer Clayton had already been hit, was down, and Loyd was gone.
A few minutes later, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Captain Joe Carter sees Loyd and follows him into an apartment complex. When Loyd gets out of the vehicle he fires two shots a Carter’s unmarked Ford Explorer. Carter is not injured.
Another officer, Deputy Sheriff Norman Lewis was also killed in a crash while in pursuit of Loyd.
After a 9 day manhunt, Loyd is caught and arrested. A comprehensive article on the timeline for all of these events is available Markeith Loyd Timeline.
Aramis Ayala – Unquestionably Wrong
Aramis Ayala is just plain wrong. Not only about this case, but, about her philosophy as well. She is NOT working for the people. The people have already determined that the death penalty is the law of the land.
Ms. Ayala decided to run for an office that would require her to prosecute criminals based on this law of the land. She has done a huge injustice to the people by not following her oath of office.
She was sworn in on January 6, 2017. Ayala is the first black State Attorney in Florida. I was very surprised to read that she was the first black state attorney.
While I personally disagree with her perspective, I do think she has a right to have that position. However, I do not believe she can faithfully execute the duties of the office she holds. Her position on the death penalty is in sharp contrast to the laws of the state.
The bottom line is if you can’t do the job, step aside! The citizens of the state of Florida have a right to expect you to do your job as described. Not, use your position as a platform for political advancement of your cause.