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Accused Orlando Cop Killer Combative Again in Court, Interrupts Judge

Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — One day after accused killer Markeith Loyd cursed at a judge in a court appearance for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, he came back to court to face the same judge for charges of killing a veteran Orlando, Florida police officer.

Loyd was combative from the start in Friday morning’s court appearance for his alleged killing of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton earlier this month. He interrupted the judge as she tried to read his charges and refused to answer questions.

Loyd — appearing with a bandage over his left eye, his hands cuffed and officers holding each of his arms — said to Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney in the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orlando, “My name is Markeith Loyd, who are you? Lady in the black dress, who are you?”

Loyd appeared without legal representation. When asked whether he wants a public defender, he again asked for the judge’s name.

“State your name for the record,” he said.

In connection with Clayton’s death, Loyd was charged with first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest.

The judge on Friday held him on no bond. Loyd did not enter a plea.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that after Loyd first shot Clayton on Jan. 9, he had a clear and unobstructed path to his car but chose instead to run over to where Clayton was. Mina said Clayton was still alive when, he said, Loyd stood “over her defenseless body” and fired multiple shots at her, killing her.

Clayton was a police master sergeant when she was killed. She was promoted to lieutenant on the day of her funeral, Orlando police said.

Loyd was caught by police Tuesday after a nine-day manhunt; he was wanted for allegedly killing Clayton and for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in December.

When Loyd appeared in court Thursday in connection with Dixon’s death, he said to the judge, “Y’all making up s—, like I just went in there and shot this girl, endangering my family … Y’all portray this s— to the news people like I just went in there and shot this girl.”

While leaving the courtroom Thursday, Loyd said to Judge Bigney, “F— you.”

In connection with Dixon’s death, Loyd was charged with one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The judge ordered him held without bond. Loyd did not enter a plea.

The judge said Thursday that Loyd would have a hearing in one week to determine counsel for him in the case over Dixon’s death.

Orlando police on Thursday released video of Loyd’s capture. In the video — which was shot from a police chopper above the scene — Loyd is seen crawling away from a house and toward officers by the roadway. After he stopped crawling, the officers approached him while he lay prone in the street. At least one officer then appeared to kick Loyd in the head. At that point, the chopper camera panned away.

Mina called the camera pulling away “concerning” and said the apparent use of force will be investigated.

Mina said Loyd suffered a fractured left orbital bone and damage to his eye. He was hospitalized until late Wednesday.

When asked at a press conference if kicking the suspect was necessary, Mina said, “The officers were very concerned about what was underneath him. After they handcuffed him and searched him, pulled off his body armor, he had a large bag of ammunition.”

Mina called Loyd a “cold-blooded, ruthless killer,” and said Loyd’s “long and violent history” will be factored into the use-of-force investigation. Mina said that when reviewing the use of force, officers are judged regarding the “totality of circumstances” and that officials will try to determine what an objectively reasonable officer would have done in light of those circumstances.

Officers involved in the arrest are still on full duty, Mina said.

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What Happens Inside the White House on Inauguration Day

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When President-elect Donald Trump takes the presidential oath at the Capitol, with Barack and Michelle Obama watching, the world will witness a transfer of power between two presidents.

Behind the scenes at the White House, the transfer of power between the two first families is already underway as dozens of White House residence staff execute a highly-orchestrated move that will transform the White House to the Trump family’s liking by Friday evening.

“There’s a moving van that is positioned in one direction to take the belongings of the outgoing president and first family to leave the White House,” said Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush. “And then you have moving vans and trucks that are pulling in from the other side of the driveway on the south side of the White House that will be ready to unload all of the belongings of the new family.”

The transformation of the Obama White House to the Trump White House is executed under the watchful eye of White House chief usher Angella Reid. The White House residence staff are non-political employees who typically serve under multiple administrations.

“All of the residence staff, again, no matter what role that they play on a day-to-day basis…everybody has a job to do on that morning,” McBride said. “They have very unique roles in the White House.”

Obamas’ Goodbye

The residence staff begin their moving duties after bidding goodbye to the Obamas, who lived in the White House for eight years. The first family typically says goodbye to the residence staff in an often emotional farewell meeting early in the morning on Inauguration Day.

“I think for the president and first lady that are leaving, there’s mixed emotions,” McBride said. “You’re gonna miss the people that have been around you, your staff, the residence staff, that have taken great care of you for such a long period of time.”

Of the residence staff, McBride said, “They have emotions too to say goodbye but then it’s the frenetic pace that happens soon as the current president leaves the front door where they get to work and get the house ready for the next occupant.”

Moving trucks have already been spotted at the Washington, D.C., home the Obamas are renting while their youngest daughter, Sasha, 15, finishes high school. Beginning the afternoon of Jan. 20, the Obama family will live outside the confines of the White House gates for the first time in eight years.

After Trump is sworn in, the Obamas, including 18-year-old Malia, will fly to Palm Springs, California, for a vacation.

“Usually there is kind of a swing around, it’s actually quite a moment, the swing around the Capitol where the new president is having lunch with the Congress,” ABC News’ Cokie Roberts said of the traditional “farewell helicopter ride” for the outgoing first family.

Trump White House

The White House residence staff has a particularly quick turnover to accomplish this year as Trump’s inaugural parade is expected to be far shorter than the parades of his predecessors.

White House transformations of the past have included filling the new first family’s closet with their clothes, making sure their favorite foods are stocked and even making sure their preferred towels are hung. This year it remains to be seen what the transformation will include as Melania Trump plans to remain in New York City through at least June so the couple’s son, Barron, can finish the school year.

“The question of how many rooms that they would be redoing in the private residence really is unclear or undefined right now,” McBride said. “You know that definitely they will do their bedrooms to their liking and bedrooms for children.”

“When [the Obamas] moved in in 2009, the first two rooms that Mrs. Obama did were for her girls and Laura Bush did the same thing for her girls,” she said.

It also remains unclear how much time Trump himself plans to stay at the White House, as he may choose instead to spend time at Trump Tower in New York City or at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The Trumps have free reign to redecorate the private residence on the second and third floors of the White House, but any changes to historic rooms like the Lincoln Bedroom and Queen’s Bedroom must be approved by the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

“One of the most wonderful things about the White House is that it’s a living museum, steeped in history but it’s constantly evolving,” McBride said. “I have heard though when Mrs. Trump came through to see the White House for the first time with Mrs. Obama, that she thought it was beautiful as it is.”

“So I think time will tell and we’ll just have to see,” she said. “Again, it is their prerogative to decorate their private residence and [Trump’s] Oval Office the way that they want.”

Symbolic Tradition

Regardless of how much or how little of the Trump family’s belongings are moved into the White House, the move from one president at the White House to the next is fraught with symbolism.

“It’s important to reflect on how crucial this is, these symbols of the transfer of power, even unto the children’s toys, really are for the Republic and for the stability of the Republic,” Roberts said. “A lot of it is tradition, and it’s not that old of a tradition, truth be told.”

The tradition of moving one first family in while the outgoing first family is moved out began in 1952 when Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower moved into the White House, according to Roberts.

“The Trumans were living at Blair House because the White House was under reconstruction and from there on out pretty much it’s been out with the old, in with the new,” she said. “The first families, by and large, have been very kind about saying to their successors, ‘Come on in, take a look, measure the drapes.'”

“Certainly Michelle Obama was welcoming to Melania Trump and I assume that the staffs have all been meeting,” said Roberts, who has covered every presidential inauguration since 1981.

First Lady’s Role

Once the new president is in the White House, it historically falls to the first lady to complete the transition and work closely with the residence staff.

“You’re meeting people who are going to be at your hand for the next four years and if you’re wise, you will take that very seriously and be very kind,” Roberts said. “Assuming Melania Trump is in New York City, it’s going to be a much slower process.”

The first lady’s logistical work with the move also comes at the same time the media and public are asking what her platforms or causes will be, according to Roberts.

“It’s a hard job and it has been from the beginning, particularly in a situation like this where there’s a lot of political hostility,” she said. “Often the first lady’s role, if she’s a good politician, is to bring people together and smooth things over and sort of lighten things up.”

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Inside the Massive Inauguration Security Effort

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As thousands of people descend on Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, months of security planning, intelligence gathering and coordination are coming to fruition to protect lawmakers and the public.

The event, like the pope’s visit and the Democratic and Republican national conventions, is designated as a national security event, which unlocks federal resources and allows Secret Service to assume the leadership role for security.

While there are no specific or credible threats, almost every federal partner imaginable will be contributing to the security apparatus this weekend, including the FBI, ATF, Park Police, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Energy.

The United States Capitol Police Department is responsible for securing the Capitol and the Metropolitan Police Department will be primarily protecting the parade route, while still serving the entire city outside of inaugural activities.

In addition, more than 3,000 police officers from around the country are expected and National Guard troops will be patrolling.

The Planning

The planning process has been going on for well over a year, with various agencies holding tabletop exercises, coordination drills and working to staff the massive security undertaking.

The Secret Service trained for nearly every contingency. In a simulation, agents practiced how they would handle a drone spraying weaponized gas on the president and the crowd, a suicide vehicle attack as well as administering first aid if the president himself is attacked.

“Our number one concern is to keep our protectees and the general public safe and secure during all the inauguration events,” said Brian Ebert, Secret Service Special Agent in Charge.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which will be contributing to air support on Inauguration Day, did test runs around Washington, D.C. in the week leading up to the event to make sure communication systems were functioning.

“With the heightened awareness — the possible threats — we just want to do everything we can to put a stop to that,” a CBP pilot told ABC News’ Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas on one of the test flights in a AS350 A-Star helicopter.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) sent personnel to the Democratic and Republican national conventions last year to study the security procedures there, as well studying local demonstrations in Washington, D.C. to prepare for the rallies expected this weekend, some of which has already taken place throughout the city.

“We expect by and large, people come here to exercise their First Amendment rights, that’s what Washington, D.C. is all about. In the event we have a few that want to create problems, if they break the law, we’ll be able to handle that as well,” said MPD interim Police Chief Peter Newsham.

He added that if something happens in D.C., “it won’t be for a lack of planning.”

Security Measures

Law enforcement sources from across government told ABC News that they are utilizing a “multi-layered” approach to security.

There will be visible layers, like physical barriers, checkpoints with magnetometers, bag searches and patrolling uniformed officers, as well as hidden layers, such as plainclothes officers inside and outside of the perimeter, radiation detection and surveillance cameras.

“We talk through and identify and gaps in our training or in our communications. So we plan for those up front. On game day, it is seamless, and that is so important, because real-time information is where it’s at,” said Park Police Chief Robert MacLean.

Major roads, tunnels and bridges leading to the Capitol and downtown D.C. will be closed.

To protect against a possible vehicle attack, like those that have happened recently in Germany and France, trucks filled with sand will be deployed to block the parade perimeter.

CBP helicopters will be scanning the city tomorrow, looking for any possible threats and will be in direct contact with the Secret Service Command Center.

On the Potomac River, Coast Guard cutters will be patrolling the waters and shoreline.

“There’s lots of water that runs in or near the nation’s capital. It’s kind of a threat that’s not well-known, but one that has to be protected,” said Coast Guard Capt. Lonnie P Harrison Jr.

Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow, the National Park Service today revised its “no umbrella” policy. “Totes”-style umbrellas that collapse will be allowed on the parade route as well as the National Mall for the inauguration, according to NPS. However, long, non-collapsible umbrellas will not be allowed. All umbrellas are still banned from the U.S. Capitol.

Potential Threats

The FBI and local law enforcement say there are no known, credible threats to the inaugural activities at this time, according to the FBI and local law enforcement.

However, security chiefs are adapting to the ever-evolving global threat environment.

The “lone-wolf threat is “very high among our concerns,” said Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Paul Abbate in an interview with ABC News.

These are people who are by definition, operating alone and often don’t pop up on the radar of law enforcement until it’s too late.

Over the past couple of years, there have been more and more actors inspired by larger terrorist organizations, like ISIS, but not directly connected to them.

“We’re on the lookout for that each and every day,” said Abbate.

Law enforcement officers urge the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious, whether it’s an unidentified package or a person’s behavior.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Women’s March

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump takes the oath of office in Washington, D.C., to become the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country will descend upon the nation’s capital to participate in the Women’s March.

The march — which will begin with a rally featuring speakers and musical acts — is based on a mission that the rhetoric of the 2016 election cycle “insulted, demonized, and threatened” Americans, leaving communities “hurting and scared.”

Organizers say one of the goals of the march is to tell the new administration that on Day 1, “women’s rights are human rights.” Despite the name of the event, leaders have made clear that all are welcome to join, not just women.

Organizing the event began shortly after Election Day with a Facebook post by Hawaiian grandmother Teresa Shook, who asked friends about marching together as women on the inauguration. Her question soon escalated to a Facebook event, which received hundreds of thousands of RSVPs. But the Women’s March on Saturday isn’t limited to D.C. — “sister marches” and rallies are planned in locations as distant as Nairobi, Kenya, and Osaka, Japan, as well as in most major U.S. cities.

The march is billed by organizers as a nonpartisan opportunity for people to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

With the event happening on the new president’s first full day in the White House, critics contend the march is a protest against Trump’s presidency, particularly as organizations that opposed the president-elect’s campaign joined as partners. The ACLU, Amnesty International, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, GLAAD and the Muslim Women’s Alliance all signed on as the event grew in size.

Before the march begins, a three-hour rally will be held on the National Mall with musical headliners Janelle Monae, Questlove, and Grimes, along with celebrity speakers that include America Ferrera, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Michael Moore. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is one of the keynote speakers at the event as well.

Singer Beyonce has not been confirmed at the event but did post a message to her Facebook page Wednesday writing, “Together with Chime for Change, we raise our voices as mothers, as artists, and as activists. As #GlobalCitizens, we can make our voices heard and turn awareness into meaningful action and positive change. #WomensMarch.”

Her sister, Solange, will be in Washington for the Peace Ball — an alternative event happening at the same time as the Trump inauguration balls.

The Washington, D.C., Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency estimates as many as 400,000 people could attend the march, with over 1.3 million registering on the Women’s March website to join around the world.

The rally in Washington kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street Southwest in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the Capitol.

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Inside Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The long and turbulent 2016 election reaches its final milestone Friday when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The inauguration of the controversial real estate mogul and former reality television star will largely follow tradition, but there will be several unique changes scattered throughout.

The most personal touch comes in Trump’s selection of Bible, as he’s chosen his childhood Bible for the swearing-in ceremony. He will also use the Lincoln Bible, which has been used at three previous inaugural ceremonies: that of Abraham Lincoln in 1861, and for Barack Obama both in 2009 and 2013.

Unlike previous inaugurations, the lineup of performers has been largely kept quiet as a number of individuals who were either asked to participate or who were announced as part of the lineup ended up dropping out following backlash. One performer who has been confirmed is Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old America’s Got Talent alum. She will be singing the national anthem.

Another abnormal facet of the day will be the sizable number of congressional Democrats who have announced that they are skipping the inauguration. The latest count has one-third of all House Democrats skipping the inauguration. There is no modern precedent for a planned political boycott of this scale.

The day’s schedule of events follows the familiar pattern of inaugurations of the past, however, as Trump will have stayed overnight at Blair House across the street from the White House and will go from there to a church service.

Then, he and his wife, Melania Trump, will go to the White House for tea with the Obamas before proceeding to the Capitol.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place shortly after they arrive, and Trump will take the oath of office promptly at noon, which marks the official transfer of power.

The inaugural address comes toward the end of the outdoor ceremony, and shortly after that, Obama will leave and Trump will attend a luncheon before the rest of the scheduled events — including the parade and various balls — fill out the landmark day.

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Inauguration Forecast Calls for Heavy Rain

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The weather forecast is looking bleak for Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Some drizzle or a shower could begin as early as 7 a.m. in Washington, D.C., with temperatures hovering in the mid-30s.

By 9:30 a.m. steadier rain is forecast to move into D.C., but temperatures will be warming up into the 40s.

However, by noon — right when Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States — heavy showers could be moving in with some moderate to potentially heavy rain.

The rain is expected to leave the area by about 1 p.m., when temperatures will be near 50.

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Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Appeared to Be Kicked in Head as He Was Captured: Video

Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — As suspected Orlando cop killer Markeith Loyd was captured, police chopper video showed that he was crawling on the ground towards a group of officers, after which he appeared to be kicked in the head by at least one officer.

Loyd, who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department this month and for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December, was armed with two handguns when he was caught late Tuesday, according to Orlando police. One of the guns was a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition. He had been on the run for nine days.

In the video of his capture — which was shot from a police chopper above the scene — Loyd is seen crawling away from a house and toward officers by the roadway. After he stopped crawling, the officers approached him while he lay prone in the street. At least one officer then appeared to kick Loyd in the head. At that point, the chopper camera panned away.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina today called the camera pulling away “concerning” and said the use of force will be investigated.

When asked if kicking him was necessary, Mina said, “the officers were very concerned about what was underneath him. After they handcuffed him, and searched him, pulled off his body armor, he had a large bag of ammunition.”

The police said that, while the case involving Clayton’s murder is an ongoing investigation, they decided to release this video.

The capture happened late Tuesday after Loyd tried to escape through the back door of a home and was confronted by a group of police; Loyd ran back inside, then came out through the front door, where more police were waiting for him, Mina said.

Loyd was holding two handguns and wearing body armor, Mina said. He said that Loyd crawled towards the officers, did not comply with the officers requests and the “officers used force.” Loyd dropped the weapons at some point, Mina said, but the specific timing is not clear.

Mina said Loyd suffered a fractured left orbital bone and damage to his eye. The accused murderer was hospitalized until late Wednesday.

Mina said Loyd “has a long and violent history” that will be factored into the use of force investigation. Mina said officers are judged regarding the “totality of circumstances” when they look at use of force; officials will try to determine what an objectively reasonable officer would have done in light of those circumstances that night.

Officers involved in the arrest are still on full duty, Mina said.

Loyd, whom Mina called a “cold-blooded, ruthless killer,” was first wanted in December for the death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child, the police said. Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend’s brother, police said.

Then, on Jan. 9, Loyd allegedly shot and killed Sgt. Clayton, who was a wife, mother and veteran Orlando officer. Mina said today that after Loyd first shot Clayton, he had a clear and unobstructed path to his car, but he chose to run over to where Clayton was. Mina said Clayton was still alive; Mina said Loyd stood “over her defenseless body” and fired multiple shots at her, killing her.

Prosecutors announced Thursday night the charges against Loyd in relation to Sgt. Clayton’s murder: First-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest.

In connection with the death of his former girlfriend, Loyd was charged with one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm. The judge today set no bond for Loyd’s first three charges and set bond at $1,500 for each of the two aggravated assault charges. Loyd did not enter a plea.

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Inauguration Weather Forecast Looks Rainy, but It Could Be Worse

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Friday is Inauguration Day, and many may be wondering what kind of weather Washington, D.C. will see, since it is mid-January, after all.

Well, the good news is temperatures will not be harsh or frigid; they will be on the mild side for the middle of winter, with highs nearly reaching 50 degrees. That means there are no worries of snow, ice or dangerous winter conditions. The bad news is there is a chance of rain throughout much of the day.

Inaugural celebrations begin at 9:00 a.m. Temperatures will be at their coldest of the day, in the upper 30s, but gradually rising. A brief hit of rain is possible right before and just at the start of the ceremony.

By noon, temperatures are up to the mid 40s, approaching that mild 50 degree mark. After a brief lull in the rain for the mid-morning hours, steadier rain moves in around noon.

Moderate rain is possible from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., some brief heavy downpours are possible, just as the parade is about to start. The beginning of the parade may be a bit soggy, but shortly after, the rain should clear up and the rest of the afternoon and evening look dry.

This certainly is not the worst weather that ever happened on Inauguration Day. As recently as eight years ago, for Barack Obama’s first inauguration, it was a freezing 28 degrees with wind chills in the mid-teens. Looking back in history, the coldest inauguration was in 1985 when it was only 7 degrees as Ronald Reagan became president. The wind chills fell to -10 to -20 degrees below zero that day.

But it could have been worse. The worst weather for an inauguration was in 1909 when President William H. Taft’s ceremony was forced indoors as a major storm continued to drop 10″ of snow in the city. The storm began the night before causing downed trees, telephone polls, crippling traffic jams and essentially brought the capital city to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow from the parade route.

Another terrible, and this time tragic, weather Inauguration Day was in 1841 when President William Henry Harrison was sworn in on a very cold and very windy day. His speech lasted nearly two hours outdoors and he then rode his horse without a hat or coat. After being in such harsh conditions, he developed a cold, eventually led to pneumonia. He passed away a month later.

Severe winter weather is always a possibility in the nation’s capitol on Inauguration Day since it falls in January. Although it might rain a little bit on the parade this time around, it could have been much worse.

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Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Curses at Judge in Court

Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd — who was caught Tuesday after a nine-day manhunt in Orlando, Florida — cursed at the judge in a profanity-laced first appearance in court Thursday morning.

Loyd, who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department this month, was in court Thursday charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in December. He told the judge he wants to represent himself in the court proceedings involving Dixon’s alleged murder. Loyd has not yet been charged in connection with Sgt. Clayton’s murder.

Loyd appeared Thursday with a bandage over his left eye, with his hands cuffed and with officers holding each of his arms.

In the murder suspect’s profanity-laced tirade, he said to the judge about Dixon’s murder, “Ya’ll making up s— like I just went in there and shot this girl, endangering my family. … Ya’ll portray this s— to the news people like I just went in there and shot this girl.”

“Ya’ll been making up s— the whole time,” he said.

Loyd claimed he was beaten by police when authorities captured him as he tried to flee a home on Tuesday.

“They done took my eye. Broke my nose, broke my jaw,” Loyd said. “Said I resisted, but I crawled out to the m— f— road. … I didn’t resist s—.”

While leaving the courtroom, Loyd said to Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney, “F— you.”

Before Sgt. Clayton, who was also a wife and mother, was shot to death on Jan. 9, Loyd was wanted for the death of his former girlfriend Dixon and her unborn child, officials said. Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend’s brother, officials said.

Charges against Loyd in connection with the Dixon case were read Thursday in court: one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm.

The Orlando Police Department said Loyd has not yet been charged for Sgt. Clayton’s murder; the police expects that to happen this week.

Sade Dixon’s mother, Stephanie Dixon-Daniels, said at court Thursday that she never liked Loyd and said he has no respect for law enforcement.

The judge on Thursday set no bond for Loyd’s first three charges and set bond at $1,500 for each of the two aggravated assault charges. The judge said Loyd will have a determination of council hearing in one week. The judge also ordered Loyd not to contact his ex-girlfriend’s family.

When Loyd was caught Tuesday, he was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him, police said.

Loyd suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with police and was kept at the Orlando Regional Medical Center until late Wednesday, police said.

The arresting officer’s use of force will be investigated, per standard procedure, Mina said.

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Mysterious ‘Loud Boom’ Reportedly Rattles Homes in NC Town

iStock/Thinkstock(MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.) — The residents of Mount Holly, a town in North Carolina, have been puzzled by a mysterious “loud boom” that reportedly shook several homes earlier this week.

The Mount Holly Police Department “received more than 30 calls from various parts of the city and even neighboring communities” about the noise on Tuesday evening, said Chief of Police Don Roper.

“People were saying they heard a very loud boom or explosion or loud bang, and some folks said it shook their houses and rattled the windows,” Roper told ABC News Thursday.

“It sounded like a bomb just went off outside our house,” one caller said, according to 911 audio obtained by ABC’s affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Several officers immediately went out that night to check areas where callers reported hearing the sound, according to Roper.

But they found “nothing,” he said. “There was no evidence of any type of injuries or damage.”

There have been several other reports of similar loud noises in the area this past week, Roper said.

One was identified as a train releasing its air brakes and another was an “atmospheric disturbance” — but what caused the “loud boom” on Tuesday evening remains a mystery, Roper said.

“There’s certainly been a lot of chatter and theories on social media, but we weren’t able to confirm anything,” he said. “We do want people to know we do not feel there is any danger or cause for concern.”

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