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USFlorida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter

19:05  24 august  2019
19:05  24 august  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Florida 'stand your ground' trial for Michael Drejka begins

Florida 'stand your ground' trial for Michael Drejka begins The manslaughter trial for Michael Drejka, the man involved in a deadly dispute over a handicapped parking spot in Florida, was set to begin Monday.

The man accused of shooting a Florida father in front of his family in an argument over a handicap parking space outside a convenience store has been found guilty of Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and invoked the controversial " stand your ground " law that earned widespread

The man accused of shooting a Florida father in front of his family in an argument over a handicap parking space outside a convenience store has been found guilty of manslaughter . Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and initially invoked the controversial " stand your ground " law

A Florida jury deliberated for just six hours before finding a man guilty of manslaughter in the 2018 killing of an unarmed father he shot in front of his family in a dispute over a handicap parking space.

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Press Michael Drejka, center, enters the courtroom, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pinellas County, Fla.

Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and initially invoked the controversial "stand your ground" law that earned widespread attention during the trial of Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2013 killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

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Florida 's ' Stand Your Ground ' shooter has been found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Markeis McGlockton, a jury has decided. McGlockton was shot and killed by Michael Drejka during a July 2018 dispute over a disabled person's parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store.

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The jury in the Drejka trial came to its guilty decision late Friday after less than a full day of deliberation.

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File In a Aug. 23, 2018 file photo, Michael Drejka sits in court during a bond hearing at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater, Fla.

Drejka showed no emotion in court as the verdict was read. He will return to court for sentencing on Oct. 10.

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Just hours after gunning down Markeis McGlockton, Drejka told detectives he opened fire on July 19, 2018, when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground outside a Circle A store in Clearwater and took one step toward him, a scenario the jury apparently rejected after viewing security video multiple times that showed the victim step back when he saw Drejka pull a firearm.

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The Florida man who invoked the " stand your ground " self-defense law after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter , officials said. Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal July shooting of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater.

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times/TNS via Newscom A family photo of Markeis McGlockton on display at a news conference held by Clearwater, Fla., July 24, 2018.

"We are incredibly grateful and thankful to the prosecution," McGlockton family attorney Michelle Rayner said following the verdict. "We are grateful to the jurors of this case that they saw what we saw and I'm so proud and honored to stand here with Markeis' family. It has been the honor of my life."

Benjamin Crump, another attorney representing the McGlockton family, alleged that race played a role in the fatal shooting of the a 28-year-old African American.

"Markeis McGlockton was needlessly and wrongfully killed by this parking lot vigilante," Crump said in a statement. "The jury in this case sent a crystal clear message – violent racism has no place in American society. Today’s verdict marks a victory over stand your ground.”

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'Stand Your Ground' trial defendant said Markeis McGlockton ran at him, despite video After he shot an unarmed black man outside a convenience store in Florida, Michael Drejka told police that he only fired after the man shoved him to the ground and then ran at him. © Surveillance Video A still photo from a surveillance camera showing what police describe as Michael Drejka shooting Markies McGlockton on July 19, 2018. But surveillance video of the shooting contradicts him and shows the man, Markeis McGlockton, taking several steps back in the moments before the fatal shot -- a point police have challenged Drejka on.

A white Florida man who told detectives he had a “pet peeve” about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the Security video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground . Seconds later, Drejka pulled out a handgun and shot

The state ’s “ stand your ground ” law, passed in 2005, allows people to meet “force with force” if they believe they’re under threat of being harmed. In the police interview, Drejka got down on the ground to reenact the moments of the fatal shooting . He said that he was shoved from the side and thought

Bryant Camareno, an attorney for Drejka, who is white, told the jury during his opening statement that the case was "not about race" and prosecutors did not present evidence to the contrary.

Drejka, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon when he shot McGlockton, initially invoked Florida's so-called "stand your ground" self-defense law, which went into effect in 2005. It allowed people to use lethal force if they consider their lives to be in imminent jeopardy.

But Drejka and his attorneys scrapped that argument in favor of a plain self-defense case.

The verdict came a day after prosecutors played the jury a video of the lengthy interrogation of Drejka by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detectives.

"What's going through my mind is he's coming after me again. I was thinking he's going to finish what he started," Drejka told detectives just hours after the shooting, according to the interrogation video.

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© Pinellas County Sheriffs Office via AP 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 a parking lot in Clearwater, Fla.

McGlockton's father, Michael, said the guilty verdict provided relief to his family and gave them a measure of justice and closure on the tragedy, which prompted several community protests before Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas County, announced his decision on Aug. 14 to charge Drejka with manslaughter.

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"It's been well over a year since we've been dealing with this matter and I can safely say my family can rest now," Michael McGlockton said Friday. "Now we can start putting the pieces back together and move on."

Drejka told detectives that after the victim "blindsided me out of nowhere" and "tackled" him to the ground outside the Circle A store, he drew his Glock pistol from his holster as McGlockton took a step toward him.

"He barely took the second step before I pulled the trigger," Drejka told detectives George Moffett and Richard Redman, according to the video.

He said that from his position on the ground, he never saw McGlockton's face or hands before he fired.

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"I could see his legs. I know he was a black guy, that's all," he told the detectives, according to the video.

He said McGlockton never said a word to him and he didn't say anything to him before he shot him.

"If he hadn't twitched, I would have never pulled the trigger," Drejka had said. "The feet said he was coming toward me and so did the hips."

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© WFTS-TV A screen grab from video of Michael Drejka being interrogated by police was played in court by Pinellas County prosecutors in Clearwater, Fla, Aug. 22, 2019.

Video footage from a security camera in front of the Circle A that captured the July 19, 2018, fatal shooting appears to contradict what Drejka told the detectives.

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Florida 's ' stand your ground ' shooter makes first court appearance. Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal July shooting of Markeis The announcement that Drejka was charged with manslaughter provided McGlockton's family with some comfort even as they continue to mourn.

The security video played multiple times for the six-member jury showed Drejka apparently arguing with McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, over why she was parked in a handicap space when McGlockton came out of the store and shoved Drejka to the ground. In a split second, Drejka pulled his gun and fired as McGlockton seemed to be stepping away from McGlockton, according to the security video.

During the interrogation, which Drejka submitted to after waiving his Miranda rights to remain silent, Det. Moffett challenged Drejka's recollection of how the shooting transpired.

"What if I tell you I looked at the video and he took a step back?" Moffett asked Drejka.

Drejka responded, "I'd disagree."

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During the interrogation, which occurred almost six hours after the shooting, Drejka explained that he has a "pet peeve" about people parking in handicap spaces despite not being disabled himself. He said that when he saw Jacobs sitting in a car in the handicap space, he examined the front and rear of her car to see if it had a disabled person parking permit.

"I said, 'It's not very polite to park there when there's other people that need to use this,'" Drejka said he told Jacobs, according to the interrogation video. ''She says, 'Is it affecting you directly?' I said, 'If my mother-in-law rolls in, yes it will.'"

On Wednesday, Jacobs testified that Drejka was yelling and cursing at her for parking in the handicapped spot. She said she was inside the car with her two younger children, an infant and a 3-year-old, and that Drejka "scared" her.

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"He was more angry and aggressive. He was yelling and pointing and telling me where I should park," Jacobs testified. "I just wanted this man to leave me alone, just leave me and my babies alone."

During the interrogatoin, Moffett asked Drejka why he didn't call law enforcement when he saw Jacobs in the handicap spot.

"Wouldn't you think it would be better instead of putting yourself in that type of circumstance that could escalate?" he asked.

Drejka responded, "Why bother you with stupid things like that?"

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter© Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Press Michael Drejka, center, enters the courtroom, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pinellas County, Fla.

He said by the time law enforcement arrived, the person he complained about would have already left the scene, adding, "They always do."

"When I just say something to a person about being parked there, I don’t expect it to go where it went," Drejka told the detectives.

Moffett pressed him, asking if he was concerned about prompting a violent confrontation when he previously complained about people parking in handicap spaces.

Drejka answered, "That's why I take precautions. I'm a very careful person. I have a [concealed weapon] permit."

Near the end of the interrogation, Moffett informed Drejka that McGlockton had died.

"Thanks for telling me," Drejka said.

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