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Michael Drejka is on trial for the death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black 28-year-old who he shot in May 2018. Drejka is pictured on Thursday

The Stand Your Ground shooter on trial for manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man in a row over a parking lot in 2018 told the police that he was pulling the trigger because he feared he would be injured if he didn't.

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Michael Drejka is on trial for the death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black 28-year-old who he shot in May 2018.

Drejka, 49, had argued with McGlockton's girlfriend about parking in a handicapped place outside a food store in Clearwater, Florida. He had no one in his vehicle and was not handicapped himself, but he said seeing people abusing disabilities made him upset.

When McGlockton came out of the store, he pushed Drejka down. Drejka reached for his weapon and shot him in the chest and killed him.

Michael Drejka is on trial for the death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black 28-year-old who he shot in May 2018. Drejka is pictured on Thursday

Michael Drejka is on trial for the death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black 28-year-old who he shot in May 2018. Drejka is pictured on Thursday

Now he is on trial for manslaughter.

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He claims that he acted in self-defense and that Florida & # 39; s Stand Your Ground law should protect him.

Drejka, 49, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, in July 2018 in a fight over a parking lot

Drejka, 49, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, in July 2018 in a fight over a parking lot

Drejka, 49, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, 28, in July 2018 in a fight over a parking lot

On Thursday, the second day of his trial, the state called witnesses, including the detectives who interviewed Drejka after the shooting.

Prosecutors also played a video of his interview in which he told the police: & # 39; I had to shoot to save my own a **. And that's that. & # 39;

Elsewhere in the interview, he said he thought McGlockton would kick him.

& # 39; When I come out, I start pulling my weapon. Flattening my weapon, he takes his next step towards me and I rule with 21 feet.

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& # 39; It happened so quickly and that was that. … I thought there would be stairs or at least he would sit on top of me.

& # 39; I think he's coming to do the rest … whatever was right afterwards. If he starts beating me so hard from the start, what else can I expect?

Drejka is shown lying on the floor during his police interview, re-acting shooting the victim

Drejka is shown lying on the floor during his police interview, re-acting shooting the victim

Drejka is shown lying on the floor during his police interview, re-acting shooting the victim

This is the moment when Drejka shot the unarmed black man after he had pushed him to the ground

This is the moment when Drejka shot the unarmed black man after he had pushed him to the ground

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This is the moment when Drejka shot the unarmed black man after he had pushed him to the ground

& # 39; He barely took the second step before I pulled the trigger.

At one point in the one-hour interview, Drejka landed on the floor and imitated how he shot McGlockton.

& # 39; It happened so quickly and that was that. … I thought there would be stairs or at least he would sit on top of me.

He said that although McGlockton was unarmed, he didn't know that and thought his life was in danger.

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Drejka said he feared that he would finish & # 39; what he started & # 39; when he pushed him over and tried to get ahead.

The recordings were made on surveillance videos & # 39; s outside the store. The images show how McGlockton tore away from Drejka when he was shot.

When the detective told Drejka that instead of approaching him, he regressed, Drejka said he disagreed.

Drejka said nothing during the entire procedure, but took notes, as he did on the first day of the trial

Drejka said nothing during the entire procedure, but took notes, as he did on the first day of the trial

Drejka said nothing during the entire procedure, but took notes, as he did on the first day of the trial

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The detectives found it unusual for Drejka to know so much about the 21ft rule – a term quoted by the police that refers to the distance a suspect can travel to an officer by the time he has identified a threat and has his weapon drawn.

There was also a testimony from a police trainer who was familiar with the 21ft rule.

He said that the Drejka had invoked it incorrectly and said it did not apply in his case.

Among other witnesses was Noel Palma, the medical investigator who performed an autopsy on the victim's body.

The bullet traveled through his left lung and pierced his heart and right lung, leaving him & # 39; fairly quickly & # 39; died.

Dr. Noel Palma, the medical researcher looking at McGlockton's body, testified that the bullet was pierced in his lungs and in the heart

Dr. Noel Palma, the medical researcher looking at McGlockton's body, testified that the bullet was pierced in his lungs and in the heart

Dr. Noel Palma, the medical researcher looking at McGlockton's body, testified that the bullet was pierced in his lungs and in the heart

Other state witnesses were a doctor who determined that McGlockton had ecstasy in his system upon his death.

On Wednesday, the dead man's girlfriend, witnessing his death with her children in the back of her car, said she remembered that she wanted Drejka to give her and & # 39; her baby & # 39; s only & # 39; left behind.

There was also a testimony from another black motorist who threatened to shoot Drejka four months before McGlockton & # 39; s death for parking in the same handicapped place.

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In the past two days, the state has summoned 17 witnesses.

Drejka did not speak nor reacted strongly to one of the testimonies.

He took notes during the first and second day. In their introductory arguments, his lawyer said he thought there was a real threat and should not be found guilty.

Britany Jacobs, 26, first spoke in public about the circumstances that led to the death of her long-term friend, Markeis McGlockton, 28, in the parking lot of the Clearwater supermarket on July 19, 2018

Britany Jacobs, 26, first spoke in public about the circumstances that led to the death of her long-term friend, Markeis McGlockton, 28, in the parking lot of the Clearwater supermarket on July 19, 2018

Britany Jacobs, 26, first spoke in public about the circumstances that led to the death of her long-term friend, Markeis McGlockton, 28, in the parking lot of the Clearwater supermarket on July 19, 2018

The first witness in the trial was Rich Kelly, who said four months earlier that Drejka threatened to shoot him for parking in the same spot
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The first witness in the trial was Rich Kelly, who said four months earlier that Drejka threatened to shoot him for parking in the same spot

The first witness in the trial was Rich Kelly, who said four months earlier that Drejka threatened to shoot him for parking in the same spot

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