The White Florida man who shot Markeis McGlockton exterior a Clearwater comfort after he was pushed to the bottom was charged with manslaughter on Monday, CNN studies.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri confirmed that the State prosecutor led a evaluate and decided that Michael Drejka, 47, might be charged for the dying of McGlockton.
The choice goes in opposition to Gualtieri’s preliminary declare that Drejka was protected below Florida’s controversial “stand your floor” regulation.
“Per the decision-making course of established below Florida regulation on this case, the State Legal professional carried out his evaluate and determined to cost Drejka with manslaughter,” mentioned Gualtieri.
Bernie McCabe, the Pinellas and Pasco County State Legal professional, mentioned he got here to his determination after reviewing the case for 9 days.
“We interviewed witnesses and checked out all of the out there surveillance video, and we made our determination to maneuver ahead primarily based on all the knowledge out there,” McCabe mentioned, per CNN.
Drejka, 47, shot and killed 28-year-old McGlockton, a Black man, on July 19 after the two obtained into an altercation at a Circle A Meals retailer car parking zone.
Police mentioned that Drejka and McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, obtained right into a confrontation over her parking in a handicap parking spot.
McGlockton noticed the argument that Jacobs was having with Drejka, approached him and pushed him to the bottom.
Police mentioned that Drejka pulled out his handgun and shot McGlockton killing him.
“This man killed Markeis in chilly blood, and not using a second thought concerning the devastating influence his actions would have on our household, however this cost provides us a measure of hope that the reality will win and justice will prevail in the long run,” McGlockton’s household mentioned in an announcement to CNN.
Drejka was arrested Monday morning, had his bail was set for $100,000 and has a court docket look on Tuesday, per studies.