Accused cop killer in Florida adopts sovereign citizens defense

So what did Loyd’s statements mean?

Lauten entered a not-guilty plea on Loyd’s behalf and tried to impress upon him the value of being represented by a lawyer during discovery, jury selection and "the entire trial process." Though Loyd decided to represent himself, Lauten appointed the public defender’s office as a standby lawyer for Loyd after determining that he was competent to represent himself, according to video footage recorded at the hearing.
In 2011, the FBI labeled it a "domestic terrorist movement."

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Other times, he was a weightlifting, womanizing "street legend" whose goal was to be on the television show "America’s Most Wanted." On social media, Markeith Loyd’s persona – documented in dozens of Facebook Live videos – was as fluid as his latest mood. Sometimes, he was a down-to-earth, God-fearing boyfriend who was eagerly looking forward to fatherhood.
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"He was one of those guys you wanted to work with," a co-worker told the paper. "He was always around to give a hand. We are heartbroken about all the families who lost loved ones."

"They believe that if you renounce your citizenship, then you can get into that account and draw out all the money that the government owes you," he added. "It can all sound very unusual to people who are not familiar with their ideas."
"And therefore, I am going to tell you the fact, I am in due court, I accept the charges’ value," he added. "And I want to use my UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) financial statement, my number, to write these charges off."
"But it is not the first time the court has heard that position." "For the record, Mr. Loyd wants to talk about the UCC and corporate status, which is a position that certain citizens that are sometimes called sovereign citizens take in courts of law, oftentimes misguided," Lauten said.

David Fussell, a criminal trial expert based in Orlando, told News 13 that Loyd using sovereign-citizen language in court will have no effect on his conviction or defense.

Loyd is due back in court on March 20 for a status hearing.
Paramedics briefly revived her, but a flag-covered gurney was later wheeled out of the hospital as police officers lined up to salute it. Her heart stopped in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Clayton was shot twice in the chest and once in the abdomen, WFTV reported.

Loyd appeared to be under the impression that the court was responsible for leveling charges against him, but Lauten told him that the state of Florida – represented by the state attorneys office – had brought the charges against him.
Loyd’s co-workers at Texas Fried Chicken told the Orlando Sentinel in January that they never considered him violent and that there was "nothing negative" to say about him.

A heated exchange ensued, with Loyd interrupting Lauten and telling the judge that the government lacks jurisdiction to bring charges against him.
More than a month after he was arrested and accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, Loyd made a court appearance this week in which he debuted another version of himself: Markeith Loyd, apparent sovereign citizen.

Loyd was captured after a massive manhunt several days later, but not before a second law enforcement death.

Accused murderer Markeith Loyd looks toward family members during court proceedings where he passed a two-page letter to the judge and said he didn’t want to speak with him further at his arraignment on charges that can carry the death penalty Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Loyd, suspected in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. (Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

13, police said. Almost two months ago, Loyd was working at a fast-food restaurant and expecting a child with his girlfriend Sade Dixon, whom he is accused of shooting Dec.

Lauten said Loyd also faces charges for wearing a bulletproof vest and performing a carjacking as he ran from police.
9, police said, Loyd fatally shot Orlando police officer Debra Clayton as she tried to apprehend him outside a Walmart near the Pine Hills area west of Orlando. On Jan.

"And they will go into court and will say ‘I am a sovereign citizen, and you have no authority over me.’ But in criminal court, what usually ends up is they end up in jail, prison. "It comes up when someone doesn’t want to pay a particular debt to the government," he said. Because there is no such thing as a sovereign citizen in the court system."

His statements in the courtroom this week – as Lauten noted – included some of the hallmarks of typical sovereign citizen speech, such as attempting to distinguish himself from his "corporate status" and trying to write the charges off using a financial statement.

Judging the references in his statement, Paudert said, Loyd used the language of "a hardcore sovereign" and speculated that he may have come into contact with the ideology in jail.

This week, Loyd – who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder – appeared in an Orlando courtroom and refused to enter a guilty or innocent plea when asked to do so by Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten of the 9th Judicial Circuit.
Loyd’s Facebook page makes no explicit mention of the sovereign belief system, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t immersed in the movement’s ideas, according to Bob Paudert, a 35-year law enforcement veteran who trains police departments around the country on how to identify and avoid violent confrontations with sovereign citizens in their communities.
and international law, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Adherents often believe the funds are secretly kept by the U.S. Paudert said many sovereigns believe the U.S. Treasury in a secret trust that is only accessible to those who opt out of their "corporate" status, which splits them off from their flesh-and-blood self in the eyes of the government and keeps them subject to U.S. The amount of money sovereigns believe they’re owed is based on their lifetime earning potential and can range from a few hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions, depending on the particular strain of sovereign precepts they follow, Paudert said. government sells its citizens’ future earnings to foreign investors when they are born.

Deputy Norman Lewis, 35, was struck and killed by an SUV while responding to the shooting, and another deputy took fire while trying to stop Loyd’s presumed getaway vehicle.

laws, sovereign citizens have killed police officers, clogged courts with paperwork and refused to pay taxes. A far-right, antigovernment group whose adherents believe they’re constitutionally exempt from U.S.
Loyd refused to enter a plea, telling the judge: "Y’all can’t do nothing to me."

"For the record, I want to state that I am Markeith Loyd," Loyd told the judge. "Flesh and blood. I’m a human being. I’m not a corporation." I’m not a fictitious person.
Using information from government reports and the trials of tax protesters, the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated in 2011 that the number of people testing out sovereign techniques nationwide was about 300,000, with one-third of those being "hardcore sovereign believers." Among the movement’s best-known acolytes is Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City bombing, according to the FBI.
They’re in prison as well, and once they get there, they try to recruit while they’re incarcerated. "They’re just like gangs. It’s not uncommon for people to become radicalized once they’re behind bars." "There’s plenty of sovereigns in jail," Paudert said.