Autopsy shows victim was turning away when killed by 'stand your ground' shooter Michael Drejka

PHOTO: Michael Drejka is seen in an Aug. 13, 2018 photo provided by the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriffs Office.PlayPinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP
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An autopsy done on Markeis McGlockton, the African American man shot dead in a Florida parking-space dispute by a white man who invoked the state's "stand your ground" self-defense laws indicates the victim was turning away from the shooter when he was killed.

McGlockton was shot in the left side of his chest, two inches to the left of his nipple, in the July incident in Clearwater, Florida, according to the autopsy report released by the Pasco and Pinellas Counties Medical Examiner.

The single gunshot fired by Michael Drejka ripped through both of McGlockton's lungs, his heart and fractured two of his ribs before lodging in his right armpit, the report made public on Tuesday says.

The report seems to support statements made by McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, that he was turning away and retreating from Drejka when he was shot.

PHOTO: Michael Drejka is seen in an Aug. 13, 2018 photo provided by the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriffs Office.Pinellas County Sheriffs Office via AP
Michael Drejka is seen in an Aug. 13, 2018 photo provided by the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff's Office.

The autopsy also found that the 28-year-old McGlockton had traces of the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in his system.

McGlockton was shot after he came out of a Circle A store and saw Drejka, 48, berating Jacobs about parking in a handicap zone. Surveillance video showed McGlockton shoving Drejka to the ground and Drejka, who had a legal concealed weapons permit, pulling a .40 caliber Glock handgun and shooting McGlockton.

Drejka was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the incident, but lawyers for McGlockton's family want to see the charge upped to murder.

PHOTO: In this July 19, 2018, image taken from surveillance video released by the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Markeis McGlockton, far left, is shot by Michael Drejka during an altercation in the parking lot of a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla.Pinellas County Sheriffs Office via AP
In this July 19, 2018, image taken from surveillance video released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Markeis McGlockton, far left, is shot by Michael Drejka during an altercation in the parking lot of a convenience store in Clearwater, Fla.

The autopsy report was made public on Tuesday, a day after Drejka posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail.

Drejka was arrested on Aug. 13, more than three weeks after the McGlockton's death.

The shooting sparked days of protests in Clearwater and demands from demonstrators that Drejka be charged with murder.

PHOTO: A family photo of Markeis McGlockton on display at a news conference held by Clearwater, Fla., July 24, 2018.Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times/TNS via Newscom
A family photo of Markeis McGlockton on display at a news conference held by Clearwater, Fla., July 24, 2018.

In a jailhouse interview earlier this month, Drejka told WTSP that he felt his life was in danger after McGlockton "tackled" him to the ground.

"I followed the law the way I felt the law was supposed to be followed," Drejka said of the state's "stand your ground" law. "I cleared every hurdle that that law had put in front of me."

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