Florida judge sets August trial date in Michael Drejka 'stand your ground' killing case
An attorney for Michael Drejka says the shooting was justified. An attorney for Markeis McGlockton's family said "the video speaks for itself."
In this Thursday, July 19, 2018 image taken from surveillance video released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Markeis McGlockton, far left, is shot by Michael Drejka during an altercation in the parking lot of a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla.Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP
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Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton, 28, after the two were involved in an altercation over parking in a handicapped parking spot outside of a Clearwater convenience store on July 19, and Drejka was initially not arrested due to Florida’s "stand your ground" law.
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Drejka’s attorney, John Trevena, said that the shooting was justified. "It's time for the truth to come out and the truth is that Mr. Drejka acted in totally self defense and in complete compliance with 'stand your ground' he said, according to the station.
Attorneys for McGlockton and his family have said that Drejka was the aggressor in the situation and confronted McGlockton's girlfriend with their children in the car over the parking spot, and that video shows that after McGlockton pushed Drejka to the ground McGlockton was backing away before Drejka fired.
An autopsy conducted on McGlockton indicates the bullet traveled at a slightly upward angle, consistent with video that appears to show him backing up and turning away from the shooter.
McGlockton's father, Michael McGlockton, said of the interview that he was disgusted by Drejka’s comments. "I think he told a bunch of lies in it," Michael McGlockton said at the time.
The case has drawn national interest as another apparent example of the "stand your ground" argument, which allows Floridians to defend themselves with deadly force if they are in fear of imminent danger or death.