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Clearwater 'Stand Your Ground' deadly shooting case turned over to State Attorney's Office

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The case of the controversial deadly shooting of a man outside a Clearwater convenience store has been turned over to the State Attorney's Office.

Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed on July 19 during an argument about a handicap parking spot. The shooter, Michael Drejka, claimed he shot in self-defense. Store surveillance cameras recorded the shooting.

Drejka has not been arrested because of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had previously said the law supports Drejka’s claim that he was in fear for his life after being violently pushed to the ground.

Lawmakers are under pressure to make changes to the law.

"If you're mad at the decision, don't get mad at Sheriff Gualtieri's office. Get mad at the law," said political analyst Barry Edwards.

He said supporters will stand behind the sheriff's decision to not arrest Drejka.

"Seventy-five percent of Republicans support Stand Your Ground. Sixty-three percent of Democrats oppose Stand Your Ground," said Edwards.

Voters are weighing in. Some want it amended.

"If you need to use that force, you should be able to use that force, but if it's not warranted, then you shouldn't go straight to that," said Brendon Simpson.

Others want it repealed.

Voter Mia Anglero said, "It's just no room for it to be a guarantee that this is what happened, that this is what should have happened type of law. So I think they should throw it out."

Edwards debunked speculation that the sheriff stood by his decision for political aspirations.

"I mean, there's people that like him to run for attorney general. There's people that would like him to run for governor. I see Sheriff Gualtieri wanting to be a law enforcement officer," said Edwards. "I don't think if we had a Democratic sheriff, it would have made a difference. He's following the law."

Senator Darryl Rouson filed a proposal Sunday to force a special session to work on amending the law.

There is no word yet when State Attorney Bernie McCabe will come back with a decision.


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