Family of victim in Clearwater stand your ground case refuses to accept shooter’s apology

Pinellas County

The family of Markeis McGlockton says they do not accept an apology from their son’s killer, Michael Drejka. 

Drejka shot and killed McGlockton outside a Clearwater convenience store in July 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. 

Drejka recently spoke to the media in a jailhouse interview.  It is the first time Drejka has spoken about the deadly shooting, which was recorded by surveillance cameras.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, McGlockton’s father says he is disgusted with what Drejka had to say about his son’s death in the jailhouse interview.

“For taking my son’s life. I mean come on, we’re all human. You don’t have any remorse for taking his life?” asked Michael McGlockton.
During an interview at the Pinellas County Jail, Drejka said he felt bad for what happened, but would not take it back. 

“I am sorry. That’s all I can really say to them. And thinking about it would you accept those kind of words from someone? I don’t think I would,” said Drejka.
The McGlockton family is shocked by that response.

Right now, Drejka remains behind bars facing a manslaughter charge for shooting and killing McGlockton. 

After watching video of the shooting, McGlockton’s father says he questions Drejka’s claim that he was in fear for his life.

“Markeis shoved him. Michael Drejka pulled out his gun again he had full control of the situation at that point so how can you be at fear of your life if Markeis was in retreat mode? Markeis was not going forward. He was walking backwards. How can you use that I was in fear of my life?” says Michael McGlockton.

McGlockton also believes the state’s stand your ground law should be repealed. He says there are just too many loopholes. 

The family, however, does stand by the attorneys’ decision to go for a manslaughter conviction rather than first or second degree murder.

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