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State Attorney receives case of Clearwater man killed in 'stand your ground' shooting

Posted: 4:37 PM, Aug 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-01 21:37:39Z

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The State Attorney's Office received the controversial 'stand your ground' case on Wednesday after the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office completed their investigating into the death of Markeis McGlockton. 

McGlockton, 28, was shot and killed on July 19 by Michael Drejka, 47, outside of a convenience store in Clearwater. The shooting stemmed from a dispute over a handicap parking spot between Drejka and McGlockton's girlfriend. 

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Drejka, who has a concealed carry license, has not been arrested under Florida's stand your ground law. The law dictates that if a person feels threatened they have the right to shoot.

When Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri addressed the media on Tuesday he said he does not believe Drejka should be in jail as the State Attorney's office considers the case. 

“We are not going to arrest. We are going to continue to investigate. We are going to send this to the state attorney. Drejka will not sit in jail until that decision is made,” Gualtieri added.

Attorney Michele Rayner, who is representing McGlockton's family, says they believe that Drejka will be indicted. 

"We believe and we're confident and we're very hopeful that the office of Bernie McCabe will do the right thing in this case, and will file charges against Mr. Drejka," Rayner said in the days following the shooting. "We're asking the office of Bernie McCabe to file charges against Mr. Drejka because if not, they're sanctioning a murder."

There is no time frame for how long it will take the state attorney's office to review the case and determine whether or not charges will be filed.

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