Legal Justice

Michael Drejka/Pinellas County, Florida, Sheriff’s Workplace.

Prosecutors have charged the shooter in a deadly parking zone dispute regardless of a Florida sheriff’s willpower that the person was protected by the state’s stand-your-ground regulation.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested and charged with manslaughter for the July 19 incident exterior a comfort retailer in Clearwater, report the Tampa Bay Times, the Sun Sentinel and News Channel 8.

State Lawyer Bernie McCabe made the choice to cost Drejka though Florida regulation places the burden on prosecutors to disprove a stand-your-ground declare.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County had announced on July 20 that Drejka wasn’t charged as a result of he was in concern after “a violent push to the bottom” by the person he shot, Markeis McGlockton.

The dispute started after McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, had pulled the automotive right into a handicapped parking spot and McGlockton went inside for snacks. Drejka appeared on the automotive, and when he didn’t see a handicapped decal started to lecture Jacobs.

Jacobs mentioned McGlockton got here out of the shop after a witness mentioned somebody was within the parking zone messing with a girl within the automotive. McGlockton shoved Drejka to the bottom. Drejka then took out his handgun and shot and killed McGlockton.

Florida’s regulation removes the responsibility to retreat when an individual feels threatened, and permits the usage of lethal power if the individual moderately believes it’s vital to forestall imminent dying or nice bodily hurt.

A change to the regulation final yr requires prosecutors to have the burden of proof in in pretrial stand-your-ground hearings.

Gualtieri mentioned in a press release asserting the cost that he helps the state lawyer’s choice.

A lawyer for the McGlockton household, Benjamin Crump, mentioned in an announcement that he firmly stands behind the choice by prosecutors. “This self-appointed wannabe cop tried to cover behind ‘Stand Your Floor’ to defend his indefensible actions, however the fact has lastly lower via the noise,” Crump mentioned of Drejka.


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