July 23, 2018

Action Alert:
Call for Charges Against Parking Space Killer

Update: Shooter Michael Drejka was arrested by Pinellas County deputies on August 13, 2018 and charged  by State’s Attorney Bernie McCabe with manslaughter for killing Markeis McGlockton. Drejka ultimately elected NOT to pursue a “Stand Your Ground” defense. His trial is set to begin on August 19, 2019. Thanks to everyone who took this action and pushed State’s Attorney McCabe to bring this charge!

On July 19, 2018, 28 year-old father Markeis McGlockton parked in a handicapped spot with his girlfriend Britany Jacobs and three young children outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida. McGlockton then entered the store with his five-year-old son to buy snacks.

Markeis McGlockton backed up when he saw Michael Drejka’s handgun. Drejka killed him anyway.

Seconds later, 47 year-old concealed carry permit holder Michael Drejka pulled in and parked in the lot. Surveillance video shows him approaching Jacobs as she sits in the car with two children. Drejka then begins yelling at her for parking in a handicapped spot without a permit, getting right up to her window and pointing at her.

McGlockton emerged from the store and clearly didn’t like what he was hearing Drejka yell at his girlfriend from up-close. He ran up and shoved Drejka to the ground, hard. Drejka landed on his backside and came up to a sitting position, at which time he brandished a handgun and pointed it at McGlockton.  In the video, McGlockton can be seen backing up from the drawn weapon. It was then that Drejka fired a round into McGlockton’s chest, killing him in front of his  five year-old son and girlfriend.

A frequent customer of the store told ABC that Drejka had threatened to shoot him over a parking spot there once before, calling him a racial slur in the process. Britany Jacobs said Drejka “wanted someone to be angry at.” But Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri didn’t arrest Drejka and he’s now saying he won’t charge him, either!

Please contact Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and State’s Attorney Bernie McCabe through one of the channels below and give them the following message:

Please arrest Michael Drejka immediately and charge him with murdering Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot on July 19, 2018. The surveillance video shows the circumstances of the murder clearly. Drejka engaged first, getting very close to McGlockton’s girlfriend and yelling in her face. Markeis’ reaction upon emerging from the store and seeing this could be expected of anyone in that situation looking to get distance between Drejka and their loved one. Markeis also had two of his young children behind Britany Jacobs in his car. Bottom Line: Getting shoved down on your backside for being aggressive with a woman does not constitute “great bodily harm” under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Furthermore, the surveillance footage clearly shows McGlockton BACKING UP when Drejka raised his gun. Drejka had NO need to pull the trigger. He did it because he wanted to, not because he needed to.  Finally, you have a witness at the crime scene who indicates Drejka had threatened to shoot him there over a parking spot. Rich Kelly was interviewed by ABC WFTS in Tampa Bay and said Drejka also called him a racial slur.  Why are you protecting this base, cowardly man who killed Markeis McGlockton? Do not hide behind the “Stand Your Ground” law! There was no threat of “great bodily harm” here. Drejka’s pride was wounded, not his body. Charge Michael Drejka with murder NOW and do justice for Markeis McGlockton.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Phone: (727) 582-6201
Email: rgualtieri@pcsonet.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinellassheriff/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheriffPinellas

State’s Attorney Bernie McCabe
Phone: (727) 464-6221
Facebook: JWBBoardMember7@jwbpinellas.org

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