Florida Stand Your Ground shooter charged with manslaughter

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The man accused in the controversial Stand Your Ground shooting death in Clearwater last month is now facing charges.

On Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced the State Attorney had finished reviewing the case and decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter.

Deputies say Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton on July 19 in the parking lot of the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point Road.

According to investigators, Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Britany Jacobs, who was parked in a handicapped parking spot outside the store. Drejka started to argue with Jacobs while she waited for McGlockton and his 5-year-old son, who had gone into the store.

Surveillance video shows McGlockton leave the store and push Drejka to the ground. Drejka then shot McGlockton in the chest.

At the time, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained that Drejka was not arrested because the incident fell under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The law grants immunity to anyone who uses deadly force if they can reasonably claim they were defending themselves. 

The case was turned over to the State Attorney, who completed his review and issued an arrest warrant. Deputies arrested Drejka Monday morning and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

“I support the State Attorney’s decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a statement.

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