'Stand your ground' law up for debate in Clearwater convenient store shooting

Florida parking lot dispute turns deadly shooter not arrested

Florida parking lot dispute turns deadly shooter not arrested

Moments later, the driver's boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton walks out of the store, right up to Drejka, and shoves him to the ground.

You may recall the Stand Your Ground law was changed past year.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters during a Friday press conference that Thursday's shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three, is "within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified", the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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"McGlockton approached Drejka - he didn't waste anytime getting to him - and then he pushed him", Gualtieri said, adding that there was no verbal exchange between the two men.

Drejka has a valid Florida concealed weapons license, deputies said. The law now is that the state attorney has the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, that the shooter is not entitled to stand your ground.

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Surveillance video provided to FOX 13 News by the store's owner, Ali Salous, shows the alleged altercation.

Detectives from the sheriff's office said Jacobs had parked her 2016 Chrysler 2000 in a handicapped spot without a permit, leading to the argument with Drejka that prompted a witness to alert a clerk inside. The law used to be that the defendant had to raise stand your ground as a defense and the defendant had the burden of proving that they were entitled to immunity under Stand Your Ground. The children are 5 years old, 3 years old, and 4 months old. McGlockton ran back into the store where his five-year-old son was standing at the front door, watching the entire incident happen right before his eyes.

The Thursday afternoon incident falls under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, he said.

Police said it all started when a driver started arguing with another driver who parked in a handicap stop at the Circle A store on Sunset Point Road. "The second time it's happening, someone's life got taken", Kelly told the Tampa Bay Times.

That doesn't matter, Gualtieri told reporters when he announced that Drejka wouldn't be charged. "What's relevant and the only thing we can look at here is was he in fear of further bodily harm".

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