PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Attorneys for controversial shooter, Michael Drejka, want to call the top cop in Pinellas County as a witness to help their case in Drejka’s upcoming murder trial.
During a news conference in July last year, Sheriff Gualtieri said he would not arrest Drejka because he initially cited the ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense.
“I don’t make the law, we enforce the law and I’m gonna enforce the law the way it’s written and the way the legislature intended it to be applied and others can have the debate about whether they like it or not,” said Gualtieri.
The sheriff’s statement could be debated in court, come August when Michael Drejka goes to trial for shooting and killing Markeis McGlockton.
“I absolutely am confident if most if not all that everything that the sheriff said about the case will ultimately get in front of the jury,” said Drejka’s attorney, John Trevena.
Trevena said Sheriff Gualtieri will be called as a witness and an expert on self-defense.
“I think actually he still believes that it’s inappropriate to prosecute Mr. Drejka,” said Trevena.
The State Attorney’s Office eventually filed charges. Gualtieri’s testimony could put his opinion up against the prosecution.
In a statement, Sheriff Gualtieri said: “My opinion doesn’t matter. The only opinion that matters is what the jury says,” “Anybody can list anybody as a witness, and I’m confident the process will take care of itself and proceed accordingly.”
“So, he’s not denying he’s in conflict with the state. He’s just saying he doesn’t think his opinion is relevant. I can assure you that there’s a multitude of case law that supports that his opinion will be most relevant,” said Trevena.