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Security increased for Loyd court appearance

Posted at 9:06 AM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 10:06:14-05

Authorities are increasing security for a double-murder suspect’s first appearance in court Thursday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies will be checking the photo ID of everyone who attends the 1 p.m. hearing for Dontevous Loyd and screening them for warrants.

Loyd is accused of shooting and killing Destacia Straughn and her 2-year-old daughter, Kenacia Amerson-Straughn.  The shooting left three others, Kachelle Roby, Jamie Latner and Larrion Williams, injured.

“Do to the nature of this high risk/high profile hearing, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Department of Corrections will be enacting certain increased security measures,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday.

They urge those who plan to attend to get there at least 30 minutes early to go through the screening.

Loyd faces 11 charges, including 2 counts of first-degree murder, 3 counts of attempted first-degree murder. Other charges are for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.