On July 19th, Michael Drejka made national headline news when he “stood his ground” and fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in the middle of a Clearwater convenience store’s parking lot. Drejka’s case has stirred public controversy because prosecutors originally declined to press charges against the suspect, and they cited Florida’s Stand Your Ground law as the primary reason for a lack of charges.
After an intense investigation and debate, prosecutors have decided that the Stand Your Ground law will not be applied in this case. On Monday, prosecutors laid out charges against Michael Drejka, and he was formally arrested for the murder of McGlockton. Drejka is being held on a $100,000 bail.
The original incident occurred when Drejka approached McGlockton’s girlfriend for being parked in a handicap space. The two got into a verbal altercation, but when McGlockton exited the store, the confrontation became physical. McGlockton shoved Drejka to the ground, but Drejka pulled out his firearm. As McGlockton turned around to leave, the suspect fatally shot him.
Initially, police believed the suspects actions were in self-defense and therefore protected by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Further investigation, however, revealed that the suspect had threatened at least three other drivers with his firearm in the past. In addition to these developments, police were aware of multiple ongoing and national protests demanding the arrest of the suspect. Family members and civil rights groups alike are pleased with the State Attorney’s decision to pursue charges against the suspect for this needless death.