Having 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.
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