Jury selected in Clearwater parking lot shooting case

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jurors and alternates have been sworn in for a manslaughter trial of a white man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Times reports a jury of five men and one woman was seated Tuesday afternoon for 49-year-old Michael Drejka’s case. The two alternates are a man and woman. None of the jurors are black.

Prosecutors say Drejka confronted 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space in July 2018. Convenience store video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled a handgun and shot McGlockton as he backed away. McGlockton ran inside the store, where he collapsed and died.

Trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

News Talk Florida Staff