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Resisting charge dropped for man accused of killing officer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are dropping one misdemeanor count against a man charged with fatally shooting a Florida police officer.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of resisting law enforcement officer without violence against Markeith Loyd on Friday. His case prompted a legal skirmish between the state attorney in Orlando and Florida’s governor.

The charge stemmed from Loyd’s January arrest following a weeklong manhunt after the fatal shooting of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton. He is charged with killing her.

An arrest video shows an officer kicking Loyd after he crawled out of a home where he’d been hiding.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced in March she wouldn’t seek the death penalty in Loyd’s case or any others.

Gov. Rick Scott responded by transferring almost two dozen death penalty cases, including Loyd’s, to another prosecutor.

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