By Micah Rate
Michael Drejka, the 47-year-old Florida man who initially used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to justify the shooting of Markeis McGlockton, is now facing criminal charges.
According to reporting from the Orlando Sentinel, though Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri decided not to charge Drejka following the incident, the sheriff passed the case along to prosecutors for review. Those prosecutors have now charged Drejka with manslaughter.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sheriff Gualtieri stated, “I support the State Attorney’s decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system.”
In a news conference late Monday afternoon, Pinellas Park Attorney Kelly McCabe, who’s representing Markeis’ parents, stated she stands behind the decision made by the state attorneys to charge Drejka with manslaughter.
McCabe went on to explain why prosecutors are seeking a manslaughter charge over a second-degree murder charge. McCabe noted that for a second-degree murder charge to hold up in court, prosecutors need to show the individual who carried out the murder was in a “depraved state of mind.” Usually, those involved in a second-degree murder case know each other, and the individual carrying out the murder must show ill will, hatred, …Read the Rest
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