PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The girlfriend of the shooting victim in the Michael Drejka manslaughter trial took the stand Wednesday and told her side of what happened.
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Drejka is accused of shooting and killing Markeis McGlockton last year amid an argument over a disabled-driver parking space.
Drejka tried to use the "stand your ground" defense after he shot and killed McGlockton outside a Circle A Food Store in Clearwater on July 19, 2018.
McGlockton can be seen on surveillance video shoving Drejka to the ground after Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, for parking in a handicap spot outside the store.
Jacobs on Wednesday said she was trying to protect her kids, but the defense argued that if she was afraid, why did she engage with Drejka when she saw him walking around her car.
"I just wanted this man to leave me alone," Jacobs said. "Just leave me and my babies alone."
She described her version of what happened that day and what she says that video shows. She said she was retreating and so was McGlockton.
"I had to run out cause by this time, I was worried about my kids because an armed man was still out there. So I ran in my car. I pulled it in the front. I turned the A/C on. I locked the door and I ran back inside by Markeis's side and I stood there until the ambulance came."
Richard Kelly also took the stand and said he had a dispute with Drejka about the same parking spot months earlier. He said Drejka threatened to kill him.
"There was a lot of profanity on his side. I said what I said and left it at that, and then he blew up," Kelly said.
The defense questioned Kelly on why he waited to come forward with that information.
Kelly's boss, John Tyler, also testified about how Drejka called him to complain about Kelly.
"He told me that I was lucky," Tyler said. "He said if I had a gun, he said I could've shot him. I said, 'I feel sorry that you would feel that way.' I said 'I carry a gun and my training I was taught to remove yourself from those situations.'"
The trial will resume Thursday morning.
Drejka faces up to 30 years in prison if he's convicted.