A trial date has been set for accused Stand Your Ground shooter Michael Drejka for Aug. 19, 2019.
A judge said it may take three days to select jurors.
Drejka was in court for a pre-trial hearing Friday.
He learned when he will stand trial for shooting and killing Markeis McGlockton outside a convenience store in Clearwater back in July over a dispute about a handicap parking spot.
“It’s time for the truth to come out and the truth is that Mr. Drejka acted in totally self defense and in complete compliance with Stand Your Ground,” said John Trevena, Drejka’s attorney.
Drejka’s attorneys claim McGlockton has a violent past and a witness’s statement backs up their client’s story.
“This is a man who was a bully. Who beat on pregnant females and has a history of violence with police officers and with other individuals,” said Trevena.
McGlockton’s family attorney Michele Rayner said Markeis’s prior history has nothing to do with this case.
“I think it’s very clear that the defense does not have a case and they know they don’t have a case, so what do we do, we don’t try the case on facts. We try the case in the public,” said Rayner.
“The facts speak for themselves. The video speaks for itself. It is a last ditch effort by the defense to taint the jury pool in this case.”
Two additional pre-trial hearings have been set for Jan. 11 and Feb. 22.
On Jan. 11, Drejka’s attorneys want to discuss his GPS monitor.
They want to get some of the restrictions on where he can’t go, lifted.