“The guilty verdict reached today is a step towards justice for Lieutenant Debra Clayton, her family, the members of the Orlando Police Department, the community, and all who loved our hero,” OPD Chief Orlando Rolón said.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the guilty verdict “doesn’t ease the pain that so many have felt from the loss of Orlando Police Department Lt. Debra Clayton nearly five years ago, but it can provide some solace knowing that justice will be served.”
“The tragic death of Debra Clayton is one the community still deeply mourns today. Four years ago, our community lost a mother, wife, law enforcement officer, and community advocate, but her legacy will live on forever in our hearts. In 2017, Senator Bracy and I championed legislation renaming a portion of State Road 438 in our district as “Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway.” Today, we see justice for her murder and hope this brings a measure of peace to her loved ones. I ask you to keep the Clayton family in your thoughts and prayers.”
“Lt. Clayton’s contributions to OPD and our city will never be forgotten. She served our community with commitment, courage and compassion and impacted so many during her time with us. I know that she would be very proud that each day OPD officers are continuing her legacy by working to develop and grow relationships with residents that are key to keeping Orlando safe,” Dyer added.
“I would like to express sincere appreciation to Assistant State Attorneys Ryan Williams and Rich Buxman who handled this matter and to their entire staff for their professionalism in preparing and prosecuting this case,” Chief Rolón concluded. “I also want to thank the jury for their continuing service. As we wait for a sentencing decision, we will respect the due process of the criminal justice system.”
Lieutenant Debra Lucinda Clayton
End of Watch Monday, January 9, 2017