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New information released in the Michael Drejka case

Posted at 4:35 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 14:38:44-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Nearly 10 months after Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, a new witness interview has been released.

On July 19, 2018 Drejka shot and killed McGlockton outside of a Clearwater convenience store. It stemmed from a dispute over a handicap parking spot between Drejka and McGlockton's girlfriend.

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Drejka was not initially arrested because the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said he was protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law. He was later charged with manslaughter.

A person who witnessed the shooting told investigators he heard Drejka telling McGlockton's girlfriend that she couldn't park in the spot.

"I have handicap family," the witness says Drejka told her.

He said the whole thing happened in just a few seconds.

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McGlockton ran outside after hearing of the altercation and pushed Drejka to the ground, the witness said. Then Drejka pulled out his gun and shot him.

The witness told investigators Drejka's actions after the shooting shocked him.

"He got up as calm as can be and put his gun away," he said. "The craziest thing is, after that, people were pulling in and he was telling people, 'I just shot somebody, don't come in.'"

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He told investigators that Drejka blamed McGlockton for the shooting.

"He actually said what did you think was going to happen?" he said. "You ran up on me. You pushed me down."

Drejka was not initially arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office under Florida's controversial, "stand your ground law." The case sparked nation-wide attention because McGlockton was not armed when he was fatally shot.

After the case was reviewed by the State Attorney's Office, Drejka was charged with manslaughter. His trial date is set for August 19.