Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PD’s Office Conflicts, Death Penalty Issues, Regional Conflict Counsel Discussed at Loyd Status Hearing

Markeith Loyd mugshot

“naplesHaving appointed the Public Defender’s Office to serve as secondary counsel, Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten was informed, by the PD’s Office, that conflicts exist in the Markeith Demangzlo Loyd case. These conflicts require their removal as standby counsel.

Discussions regarding pro se representation, competency and standby counsel sprinkled the proceedings with more questions than answers as Markeith Loyd sat uncharacteristically silent in the jury box.

Chief Judge Lauten ordered a competency evaluation to ensure that Loyd is both capable of pro se representation and competent to stand trial as per Florida statutes.

Judge Lauten asked Regional Counsel to investigate potential conflicts so as to allow their appointment as standby counsel. Should conflicts exist, standby counsel will be chosen from the wheel…a random mechanism for appointing private attorneys in the event of conflicts.

For the full story, visit Lee Herald.

© 2017 Naples Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

You may also like