Who Was Markeis McGlockton? Autopsy of Man Killed in 'Stand Your Ground' Shooting Reveals Victim Was Turning Away

The autopsy of a Florida man whose death triggered a debate on the state's "stand your ground" law indicates the victim was turning away from the gunman before he was shot.

Markeis McGlockton, 28, was killed on July 19 after getting into an argument with Michael Drejka over a handicapped parking spot outside a Clearwater convenience store.

Drejka was eventually charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri originally cited Florida's stand your ground law, which allows residents to defend themselves, even to the point of using deadly force against an individual if they believe their lives are in danger as the reason for not arresting him.

Two months after his death, McGlockton's autopsy, conducted by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office, revealed that the bullet had entered his body at an angle, indicating he was not facing Drejka head-on when he fired.

The results are consistent with surveillance footage taken outside the store that appeared to show McGlockton turning away from Drejka after he drew his gun.

The bullet entered McGlockton's chest on the left, just below his nipple, tearing through his lung and heart, before lodging in his right armpit at a slightly higher point.

"In order to make that, you would almost have to be standing oblique to the shooter, and that's what's depicted in the video," Dr. Stephen Nelson, the medical examiner, told the Tampa Bay Times.

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Surveillance footage shows Michael Drejka firing at Markeis McGlockton outside a Circle A Food Store on July 19. The autopsy of McGlockton showed he was turning away from the gunman before he was shot. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

The autopsy also showed that McGlockton also had traces of amphetamines, such as MDMA, in his system at the time of the shooting, although it was unclear how long it had been since he had ingested the drug.

The argument that resulted in Drejka firing his gun began after McGlockton's girlfriend, 24-year-old Britany Jacobs, parked in a handicap spot outside a Circle A Food Store while McGlockton went inside with his 5-year-old son.

Drejka and Jacobs then started arguing about her parking in the spot without a permit before McGlockton came out of the store.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, witnesses said McGlockton "forcibly pushed" Drejka during the argument, causing Drejka to fall to the ground. Drejka then pulled out his gun and fired once, hitting the father-of-three in the chest.

Police confirmed that Drejka was in possession of a valid Florida concealed weapons license at the time of the shooting.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at the time Drejka's actions were "within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified," reported the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm not saying I agree with it, but I don't make that call," he said, before announcing that the State Attorney's Office would ultimately make the final decision.

Nearly one month after the shooting, the State Attorney confirmed it would be charging Drejka with manslaughter.

"I support the State Attorney's decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system," Sheriff Gualtieri said in a statement.

Drejka was released from the Pinellas County Jail on September 25 after posting a $100,000 bond.

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