CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The manslaughter trial of a white man who is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space is beginning in Florida.
Lawyers will begin the process of selecting a six-member jury on Monday to hear the case of 49-year-old Michael Drejka. He’s accused of shooting Markeis McGlockton in July 2018.
Prosecutors say Drejka confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space. Convenience store video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled a handgun and shot 28-year-old McGlockton as he backed away. McGlockton ran inside the store, where he collapsed and died.
The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
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