Michael Drejka chooses not to testify at his Stand Your Ground trial

Mail Online | 7/19/2018 | Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
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A Florida man on trial for manslaughter for killing an unarmed black man in a 2018 'Stand Your Ground shooting' chose not to testify on Friday, the final day of testimony.

Michael Drejka is on trial for the death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black 28-year-old who he shot dead in May 2018.

Drejka - McGlockton - Girlfriend - Spot - Food

Drejka, 49, had been arguing with McGlockton's girlfriend for parking in a disabled spot outside a food store in Clearwater, Florida. He did not have anyone in his vehicle and is not disabled himself but he said seeing people abusing handicap spots upset him.

When McGlockton emerged from the store, he pushed Drejka over. Drejka reached for his weapon and shot him in the chest, killing him.

Friday - Attorneys - Danger - Reason

On Friday, his attorneys argued that he thought he was at danger and for that reason, he should be found innocent.

Prosecutors however said surveillance footage of the incident proved that he was not in danger and that he shot too soon, without properly assessing the risk.

'This - Cut - Case - Misinterpreting - Markeis

'This is really a cut and dry case. There's no misinterpreting that Markeis McGlockton was going backwards,' he said, in reference to the fact that McGlockton was walking away from Drejka when he was shot.

'Did Michael Drejka reasonably believe he was about to die? Did he believe he was about to be beaten to a pulp? No,' Scott Rosenwasser told the jury.

'You - Retreating - Man

'You cannot shoot an unarmed retreating man, regardless of if he's pushed you,' he went on.

Prosecutors said he thought of himself as a 'vigilante enforcer' who had a 'pet peeve' about able-bodied people parking in disabled spots.

'He - Pet - Peeve - Enforcer - Parking

'He's got a pet peeve... he takes it upon himself to be the enforcer. He's a parking lot vigilante,' he said.

He also criticized the way Drejka used police terminology while being interviewed...
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