"Stand Your Ground" Law Protects Shooter In Deadly Fight Over Parking Spot

Geneva Stokes
July 23, 2018

Thursday afternoon, Britany Jacobs pulled into a Circle A convenience store, with her boyfriend Markeis McGlockton and three kids also in the auto. Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton a day earlier in a convenience store parking lot.

McGlockton, leaving his son in the store, rushes outside and directly up to Drejka, shoving him hard onto the ground.

Drejka responded by taking out a pistol and shooting McGlockton in the chest.

McGlockton stumbled into the store covered in blood after the shooting, Jacobs' told the Times.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department has ultimately decided not to press charges against Michael Drejka, whom they deemed acted within the bounds of Florida's self-defense law known universally as "Stand Your Ground".

He said that during the ensuing argument Drejka threatened to shoot him. "He just wanted someone to fight him".

The "stand your ground" law came under intense scrutiny following the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager in 2012.

"It's a wrongful death", Jacobs said to the Tampa Bay Times.

"The guy is on the ground and he pulls the gun out".

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McGlockton was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries and pronounced dead there. "My dude steps back 'cause my dude is fearing for his life - all of us were", she added.

Still, the Gualtieri told reporters, the legal question is not about whether Drejka was right in being the self-appointed protector of the handicap spot. "This was a violent push".

A few months ago, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Kelly parked his tanker truck in the same handicapped spot and said he was confronted by Drejka.

The case, which has sparked growing criticism on social media, will instead be sent to the state attorney's office for further review, said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri during a news conference on Friday.

Detectives said Drejka was cooperative with investigators and has a valid concealed weapons license with the state.

CBS News has not been able to reach Drejka for comment. "It's messed up. Markeis is a good man ..."

Now, Jacobs vows to continue fighting for her partner while the case goes to the State Attorney's Office for a final decision on whether or not charges will be filed.

"This is not right and I need justice", Jacobs said while choking back tears.

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