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.