Anti-death-penalty prosecutor challenges Florida governor

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A simple status hearing in the murder case against Loyd turned immediately to confusion when Ayala showed up in court. She says allowing the governor to interfere could undermine Florida's judicial system.

In a letter, more than 100 current and former law professors, judges, prosecutors and lawyers told Scott they were "deeply troubled" and that his removal of State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the prosecution of accused killer Markeith Loyd "sets a risky precedent".

Last week State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced that she would not seek the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd case or any other case.

Ayala has filed a motion in the case asking the court to reverse Scott's executive order removing her from the Loyd case.

The Orlando Sentinel reported, "When the hearing began, the judge asked attorneys to give their names and identify who they represent - a common practice - and Ayala was the first to jump up and speak".

"Based on everything that's happened, I hope the governor's decision is one that prevails", Mina said. The announcement comes the week after Ayala announced she would not be seeking the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd case involving the death of the OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton, and his former girlfriend Sade Dixon, who was pregnant at the time of her death.

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"We're both professionals and we are going to continue to work", he said.

"And so the case has been assigned to Brad King, and that was the right decision", Scott says.

"I retain complete authority over charging and prosecution decisions", she said.

In a legal motion filed Monday in Orange County, Ayala said she can be removed only if the governor "determines that for good and sufficient reasons", "the ends of justice would be best served" by removal.

On the other hand, more than 100 lawyers, two former Florida Supreme Court justices included and three dozen current and former judges and prosecutors have gone to bat for Ayala, saying Scott has gone too far.

"All of this is a little unusual", said Judge Frederick J. Lauten.