Much more than Michael Drejka’s freedom could be at stake when jury selection in his manslaughter trial begins Monday.
Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law also is on trial. It has been given as the reason Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton 13 months ago following an altercation in a Clearwater convenience store parking lot.
“It’s time for the truth to come out and the truth is that Mr. Drejka acted in totally self-defense and in complete compliance with Stand Your Ground,” John Trevena, Drejka’s attorney, said on Tampa television station WFLA.
By extension, that also means Second Amendment rights are before the court.
And if that isn’t enough drama for one trial, it plays out against the backdrop of racial tension. McGlockton, who is black, was unarmed. Drejka is white.
But McGlockton also charged Drejka after he started an argument over parking in a handicap space. During the altercation McGlockton violently shoved Drejka to the ground. That’s when Drejka pulled a gun and, while McGlockton was backing away, fired a single, fatal shot.
None of these facts are in dispute, thanks to security video of the scene.
Technically, Drejka’s lawyers decided not to pursue immunity