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USFlorida 'Stand Your Ground': McGlockton's family said they can rest after manslaughter conviction

04:30  25 august  2019
04:30  25 august  2019 Source:   cnn.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.

McGlockton ' s family wept during the verdict. Drejka at first had no reaction but then started wiping his face as the judge spoke to the jury. McGlockton got out of the car, walked over and pushed Drejka. Surveillance footage shows Drejka on the ground pulling out a gun and shooting McGlockton as he

Members of McGlockton ’ s family wept as the verdict was read and hugged and shook hands with the prosecutors after court was adjourned. She expressed her condolences to the McGlockton family and said that while she was disappointed in the verdict, she was “happy they received the justice they

Florida 'Stand Your Ground': McGlockton's family said they can rest after manslaughter conviction
Florida 'Stand Your Ground': McGlockton's family said they can rest after manslaughter conviction
Florida 'Stand Your Ground': McGlockton's family said they can rest after manslaughter conviction

The man who fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in a controversial "stand your ground case" was found guilty by a jury Friday night, and McGlockton's family says they can now begin to heal.

Testimony Begins In Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Parking Lot Murder Case

Testimony Begins In Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Parking Lot Murder Case Opening statements got underway Wednesday in a "Stand Your Ground" case in Florida where a white man is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space. Five men and a woman were seated as jurors Tuesday. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncThe case stems from an incident captured on surveillance video in Pinellas County in July 2018. That’s when Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton during the parking space dispute outside of a convenience store.

While attorneys for the family of Markeis McGlockton say his death was 'cold-blooded murder,' proving manslaughter will be easier for the state Legal experts agree, and say the state can already expect to face a few hurdles once the case moves through the courts and the defense mounts a likely " stand

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.

After six hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter for shooting unarmed McGlockton in Florida last summer over a handicapped-accessible parking space.

"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," McGlockton's father, Michael McGlockton, told reporters. "Now we can start putting the pieces back together and move on."

"Far too often the criminal justice system fails us by allowing people who take the lives of unarmed black people to walk free as though their lives meant nothing. We are hopeful that this conviction will be a brick in the road to changing the culture of racism here in Florida," McGlockton's mother, Monica Robinson, said in a statement.

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'I just wanted this man to leave me alone': Girlfriend recounts parking space shooting at trial At the heart of the trial is whether Michael Drejka acted reasonably when he responded with deadly force against Markeis McGlockton.

Clearwater, FL — The man who fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in a controversial “ stand your ground case” was found guilty by a jury Friday night, and McGlockton ’ s family says they can now begin to heal. After six hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter for

The man who fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in a controversial " stand your ground " case was found guilty by a jury Friday night, and McGlockton ' s family says they can now begin to heal. After six hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter for shooting unarmed McGlockton

Britany Jacobs, the mother of McGlockton's four children, said Saturday that she is thankful prosecutors got justice for McGlockton.

"I went home last night. I woke up little Markeis and I said, 'Baby we got justice for Daddy.' And he said, 'Mommy, that's good.' "

Drejka argued that the incident was a justifiable homicide according to Florida's "stand your ground" law, a claim that renewed a national debate on the controversial law.

The verdict

After five days in court, the jurors were presented with closing arguments: the prosecution presented Drejka, who did not take the stand, as an armed vigilante and the defense portrayed him as a man who feared for his life.

The six-hour deliberations were paused briefly around 9:30 p.m. when jurors asked for clarification on the instructions for deciding guilt or innocence, a confusion Drejka's attorney's told reporters is unsurprising given the complicated nature of the "stand your ground" law.

'Stand Your Ground' trial defendant said Markeis McGlockton ran at him, despite video

'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.

McGlockton ' s father, Michael McGlockton , said he believed Drejka should have been arrested and charged "from day one." "When I got the news today Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had initially declined to arrest Drejka after the gunman invoked the " stand your ground " defense, saying his

Members of McGlockton ’ s family wept as the verdict was read and hugged and shook hands with the prosecutors after court was adjourned. She expressed her condolences to the McGlockton family and said that while she was disappointed in the verdict, she was “happy they received the justice they

About 30 minutes after the pause, the jury brought back a guilty verdict.

McGlockton's family wept during the verdict. Drejka at first had no reaction but then started wiping his face as the judge spoke to the jury.

The shooting

The case began in July 2018 when Jacobs, McGlockton's 24-year-old girlfriend, parked in a handicapped-accessible space at the Circle A Food Store in Clearwater, according to a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Drejka, then 47, got into an argument with Jacobs over the spot while McGlockton and their 5-year-old son were in the car. McGlockton got out of the car, walked over and pushed Drejka.

Surveillance footage shows Drejka on the ground pulling out a gun and shooting McGlockton as he started to move away. Drejka argued that he saw McGlockton moving toward him and thought McGlockton was going to kick and beat him.

"If he was going to hit me that hard to begin with, a blind side from the get-go, what else should I expect?" Drejka said in his police interview.

Police questioned him several times on the discrepancy between the video and his statements that McGlockton took steps toward him.

Florida man found guilty of manslaughter in 'Stand Your Ground' trial

Florida man found guilty of manslaughter in 'Stand Your Ground' trial [Breaking news update, published at 10:40 p.m. ET]

On July 19, 2018, in Clearwater, Florida , United States , Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton outside a local convenience store.

Drejka confronted McGlockton ’ s girlfriend about her vehicle parked in a handicap spot at a convenience store while McGlockton was inside with their Drejka “felt after being slammed to the ground , the next thing was he was going to be further attacked by McGlockton ,” Gualtieri said in July.

"I shoot to save my own ass, and that's that," Drejka said.

Drejka was not immediately arrested. He had a concealed weapons license and appeared to have immunity under the "stand your ground" law, the Pinellas County Sheriff said.

A month later, the state attorney charged him with manslaughter.

The arguments

Scott Rosenwasser for the state argued the case was the killing of a man who came out to protect his girlfriend from a self-proclaimed "parking lot vigilante" with a "pet peeve" about enforcing handicap parking rules.

"You know what Markeis McGlockton is guilty of? He is guilty of loving and trying to protect his family and he died because of it," Rosenwasser said.

John Trevena with the defense painted Drejka as the man seeking protection.

"Mr. Drejka thought the danger was real," he argued. "This large man pushed him to the ground. The threat was real."

Had Drejka not pulled his weapon, he could have died, the defense attorney said.

Drejka's attorney's told reporters after the verdict that they did not take the case as a political statement, but instead to give everyone the best defense possible as they were taught everyone is entitled to.

The McGlockton's family attorney Michele Rayner-Goolsby told reporters that the "stand your ground" statute constitutes legalized murder and that people are done seeing black people killed by "vigilantes" with guns.

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter

Florida 'stand your ground' shooter found guilty of manslaughter In interrogation, Michael Drejka, who initially invoked a "stand your ground" defense, claimed Markeis McGlockton stepped toward him.

Jacobs said she and McGlockton ' s 5-year-old son witnessed the shooting. McGlockton stumbled back in the store mortally wounded and later died at a Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially declined to arrest Drejka after the gunman invoked the " stand your ground " defense, saying his

Florida ’ s “ stand your ground ’’ law, which says people have no “duty to retreat,’’ first drew widespread attention in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed McGlockton ’ s family and civil rights groups had held protests calling for Drejka to be charged. Benjamin Crump, who serves as the family attorney

Conflicting experts

Thursday also featured testimony from a pathologist who examined McGlockton.

A forensic pathologist testified that McGlockton had MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in his system when he died.

Bruce Goldberger, a toxicology expert for the prosecution, said that MDMA is a social drug and causes empathy and euphoria. He testified it does not cause aggressiveness or impulsiveness.

Defense witness Daniel Buffington, a clinical toxicologist expert, said the amount of MDMA found in McGlockton's body was "significantly higher" than in a clinical setting.

Buffington, an associate professor at the University of South Florida's pharmacy department, said the drug causes confusion and aggression and had adverse effects on how McGlockton acted.

Rosenwasser sought to challenge Buffington's opinion about MDMA during cross-examination. He asked whether Buffington would agree that euphoria is one of the most common results.

"Yes, followed by depression and other neurobiological side effects," Buffington said.

Rosenwasser pointed to an article Buffington used as basis for his opinion, which said the drug most frequently produces euphoria and empathy.

"I'm not saying those don't happen. I'm saying that there's no predictability that that's going to be the outcome you achieve," Buffington said.

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