Gov­er­nor re­as­signs case over death penalty

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Florida’s gov­er­nor took a case in­volv­ing the killing of a po­lice of­fi­cer out of the hands of its pros­e­cu­tor Thurs­day, hours after she an­nounced that her of­fice would no longer seek the death penalty in any cases. The un­usual and firm stance against cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment by State At­tor­ney Aramis Ayala in Orlando sur­prised and an­gered many law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the city’s po­lice chief, who be­lieved sus­pect Markeith Loyd should face the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­e­cu­tion. Civil lib­er­ties groups, though, praised Ayala’s po­si­tion. Send­ing a clear sig­nal that he wanted Loyd pros­e­cuted in a cap­i­tal case, Gov. Rick Scott signed an or­der to trans­fer Loyd’s first-de­gree mur­der to State At­tor­ney Brad King in a neigh­bor­ing district north­west of Orlando.

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