CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's been a full year since a shooting outside a Clearwater convenience store left a man dead and continued discussions about self-defense and stand your ground.
- 1 year since Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed
- Michael Drejka manslaughter trial set to start Aug. 19
- Previous stories on this case
On July 19, 2018 Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton outside the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point after a brief argument.
Surveillance video showed the 28-year-old McGlockton shoving Drejka, 48, to the ground after Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs for parking in a handicapped spot outside the store.
Over the last 365 days, there has been community outcry, court hearings and statewide and national discussions of the law that initially protected Drejka from being charged.
People in the community say they are reminded of their grief driving by the store. The owner of the store said he too is reminded, everyday when he goes to work.
"It’s hard," said Ali Salous, who owns the Circle A Food Store. "It’s very hard. Every time they open the door I remember the guy when he laid down in the store it’s a bad memory. A lot of people keep mentioning it and….. it is hard."
Salous likely will be one of several people called to testify when Drejka's trial starts Aug. 19. He is facing manslaughter charges in McGlockton's death.
Drejka’s attorney John Trevena recently claimed State Attorney Bernie McCabe of the Sixth Judicial Circuit was forced to file the manslaughter charge in the case due to political and racial pressures.
Trevena points to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri saying numerous times he would not charge Drejka in the case because he believed Drejka was standing his ground and shot McGlockton in self-defense.
During the past year, there has been issues with Drejka's legal team, Drejka himself has spoken out and the community has held protests and pushed for change.
Meanwhile, a memorial service and vigil is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, located at 2751 Sunset Point Road in Clearwater.