Attorney for Markeis McGlockton’s family responds to gunman Drejka’s jailhouse interview

Pinellas County

The attorney who is representing the parents of Markeis McGlockton, the Clearwater man killed in a widely-publicized shooting tells News Channel 8 she is shocked by the jailhouse interview with Michael Drejka, who is claiming a stand your ground defense.

Drejka shot and killed McGlockton outside a convenience store during an argument about a disabled parking spot.

The case has made headlines across the country because Drejka claimed he shot McGlockton in self-defense. The shooting was recorded by video surveillance cameras.

Drejka recently spoke to the media in a jailhouse interview.  It is the first time Drejka has spoken about the deadly shooting.

Michelle Rayner is the attorney for Markeis McGlockton’s parents. She says Drejka showed very little remorse during the jailhouse interview.  Drejka said he could not think of anything off the top of his head that he would change about that deadly day.

“He was more concerned about his dogs, animals, than him having taken someone else’s life,” Rayner tells us, “and I think that that is consistent with what we have seen about him.” 

Drejka also apologized during the interview, but Rayner is not buying the apology. 

“I am sorry. That is all I can really say to them,” Drejka says.

“And thinking about it, would you accept those kinds of words from someone? I do not think I would,” says Rayner.

Rayner says McGlockton’s family is disgusted by what happened. “There is nothing that he could ever say that would suffice. It will not bring their child back and obviously he is very nonchalant about it,” Rayner says. 

In that jailhouse interview, Drejka also says he did not realize he was shoved. He thought he had been tackled by McGlockton and he says he feared for his life. 

“I did not know what was coming to me and there is only one way to answer. You have to be scared because, if you are not, and you are wrong,” Drejka pauses here implying that he felt threatened.  
He also discusses why he confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend in regards to the disabled parking spot.

He claims it relates to him on a personal level. 

“My mother-in-law was handicapped so it has always been a hot one for me. My whole life has been looking for a handicap parking spot,” he says in the interview.  

Drejka is charged with manslaughter and, according to Rayner, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison if he is convicted.

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