Florida State Attorney, Aramis Ayala announced on Thursday that she would not be seeking the death penalty in any case, including the case of a man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a police officer, the state’s Governor, Rick Scott asked her to recuse herself from the Markeith Loyd case, CBS reports.
When Ayala refused, Governor Rick Scott removed her.
“I completely disagree with State Attorney Ayala’s decision and comments,” Scott said.
“She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day.”
“I have seen the video of Markeith Loyd executing Lt. Debra Clayton while she lay defenseless on the ground. She was given no chance to live. A cop killer — who also killed his pregnant girlfriend — should not be given that chance,” Orlando police Chief John Mina said in a statement posted to Twitter. “The heinous crimes that he committed in our community are the very reason we have the death penalty as an option under the law.”