Michael Drejka Charged With Manslaughter For Killing Markeis McGlockton – Stand Your Ground Law
I saw the video for this case when it first happened, and also read that the Sheriff refused to arrest Michael Drejka because of Florida’s stand your ground law. When I saw the video, it was my impression that the shooter was an elderly man. Maybe it was his posture or the fact that he fell to the ground so easily. It turns out that Drejka was 47-years old on July 19, 2018 when he shot and killed 28-year old Markeis McGlockton.
Here is the video.
Comments were quickly posted on Twitter protesting that Drejka was not arrested. Thinking that an elderly man might be afraid of a younger man pushing him to the ground, I sighed at the thought that he could avoid arrest using stand your ground in his defense. Then, I watched the video again and saw where Markeis’ girlfriend Britany Jacobs, was getting out of the car and Drejka was standing at the car’s door invading her space. I wondered what he said to Britany that provoked Markeis to push him. I sighed again, because Markeis is not alive to tell anyone what he heard and believed that provoked him to push Drejka out of Britany’s face.
Other thoughts came to mind, such as Drejka thinking he was entitled to approach and engage Britany for parking in a handicapped parking space. How is it possible to provoke a confrontation, verbal or physical, then claim self-defense when someone takes action to stop the confrontation?
On August 13, 2018, Michael Drejka was charged with manslaughter. He is currently in jail on a $100k bond and is going to be appointed a public defender.
Pinellas and Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe said he came to his decision to charge Drejka after a nine-day review that began August 1.
“We interviewed witnesses and looked at all the available surveillance video, and we made our decision to move forward based on all the information available,” the prosecutor said.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that it obtained new details from the arrest warrant.
“It follows the same timeline outlined by authorities. The encounter between the two men started when Drejka, of Clearwater, confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, about why she had parked in a handicap-reserved parking space without a decal at the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point Road.
McGlockton, inside the store with his 5-year-old son, caught wind of the heated argument from witnesses. Surveillance video shows him leaving the store, walking up to Drejka and pushing him to the ground. Drejka then pulls out a gun and shoots McGlockton. He told deputies he was in fear of further attack.
“Drejka steadies the firearm with both hands,” it says. “McGlockton immediately backs up when confronted with the firearm. As he backs up to his vehicle he begins to turn towards the front of the store away from the shooter.”
It also notes investigators used a scanner that helps capture measurement and distance to find that Drejka was about 12 feet from McGlockton when he fired the shot.”
The arrest warrant answers or addresses some of my concerns. Prosecutors considered that Drejka had a confrontational approach. They also noted the distance between Drejka and Markeis and that Markeis turned away from Drejka when he pulled his gun. Drejka alleged that he was afraid of further attack, but he was 10 to 12 feet from Markeis when he pulled the trigger. Markeis stepped back from Drejka and turned towards the store when he saw the gun. On the video, it can be seen where another man seeing Drejka pull his gun had enough time to get out of the way. That indicates that Drejka had enough time to see that he was under no threat from Markeis and to not pull the trigger.
Drejka has been the accused aggressor in 4 incidents since 2012. Three are documented in police reports. The one not documented involved the same handicap-reserved parking spot at the Circle A Food Store. In that incident, Drejka confronted Rick Kelly and threatened to shoot him.
Two other incidents involved allegations that Drejka showed a gun. In another, a trooper accused him of aggressive driving and cited him after a crash when Drejka braked hard in front of a woman driving with two children.
Tampa Bay News has more information on Drejka’s prior incidents.
Since most states have justifiable homicide law, it still puzzles me that some states found it necessary to have stand your ground. The concept of not having to retreat means that the person is armed and capable of killing. Being capable of killing is not limited to using deadly force in self-defense. As we have seen from several cases, it also means taking entitlement chances that initiate confrontation — from killers getting out of their car to follow the person they end up killing, to arguing about cell phones in movie theaters, or whether a kid on a skate board is allowed to use a basketball court. It seems to give those with guns false courage that they can put themselves in situations that are none of their business and use those guns when they don’t get the entitled respect they anticipate.
Posted on 08/14/2018, in Cases, Gun Control, Markeis McGlockton and tagged Britany Jacobs, Florida, manslaughter, Markeis McGlockton, Michael Drejka, Stand Your Ground. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.