LARGO – Britany Jacobs sat in a black dress, her shoulders lowered and her voice lowered.
She saw to the nine men and women in the jury bank, six of whom will decide on her death. Friend Markeis McGlockton was a crime or a legitimate self-defense measure.
She leaned over to the microphone and told her story.
"I was scared," she said. That was a strange, suspicious man. "
The man, she would learn, was Michael Drejka. He sat in front of Jacobs on Wednesday and was so close she could see him in his light blue shirt. Jacobs's statement came on the third day of Drejka's trial for manslaughter.
The d They started with passionate opening arguments from each page and then with convincing testimony from witnesses of the shootout of July 19, 2018.
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Pinellas-Pasco Deputy Prosecutor, Fred Schaub, guided the jury through the details of the event. He told them how Drejka had quarreled with Jacobs for parking in a reserved area outside the Circle A Food Store near Clearwater. He told them how McGlockton came out, approached Drejka and pushed him to the ground.
Then the prosecutor told them how Drejka drew a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest.
"He took the life another person without legal reason," said Schaub the jury.
Lawyer Bryant Camareno made the defense's opening statement and said a surveillance video had recorded the confrontation. He asked the jury to look at it in real time, not in slow motion, and think about how Drejka perceived the events.
"While Mr. McGlockton had no weapon, he was the weapon," Camareno said.
Then the state began compiling its case and questioned witnesses who spoke of a confrontation that took place five months before McGlockton's death. It was a quarrel that Drejka had with a truck driver parked in the same parking lot.
"I should shoot you, kill you," recalled Richard Kelly, the truck driver, Drejka The most emotional testimony came from Jacobs, 26, who was a certified nurse at the time of the shooting. At the booth, she called McGlockton her "soul mate and partner." The couple had three small children together at the time of the shooting. She got her fourth child in January after his death.
The day of the shooting, the family was in the car when Jacobs drove into the parking lot of the Circle A Food Store, which they visited frequently. She told the jury that she had parked in a parking lot reserved for the disabled because she often saw other people parked there.
McGlockton went in with her eldest son while Jacobs stayed in the car with the other two children when a white man in sunglasses walked around her car. Worried, she opened her window.
Drejka asked her why she parked there because her car did not carry a handicap sign. He behaved "angry and aggressive," Jacobs told the jury. She and McGlockton are black.
She was not the only witness Drejka so described. The jury also heard from bystanders. One, Vicki Conrad, said Drejka was "authoritative" and "argumentative."
The other viewer, Robert Castelli, said, "He was in a threatening manner and pointed to the car."
As the dispute escalated and Jacobs asked him if she should get McGlockton.
"I said he might leave me alone," Jacobs said. "Maybe he'll retire when he knows I have someone with me."
She said Drejka answered, "Yes, if you want him to fight." Defendant? "Prosecutor Scott Rosenwasser asked.
" Right, "Jacobs said.
As the altercation continued, Castelli went to the store to tell the clerk about the dispute. McGlockton parked his things at the counter and left the store.
Jacobs saw him coming, she said. She got out of the car, an action that Dreyka's defense team found strange when she was afraid to happen if it happened outside the car, not inside the car with my babies. "
" Get away from my girl, "McGlockton said before knocking Drejka to the ground.
Then Drejka pulled out the gun and McGlockton took a step back as far as he got in the car, said Jacobs Castelli, who went outside again and thought he needed to finish a fight, ducking between two cars ,
Then came the shot.
McGlockton grabbed his side and stumbled back into the shop. Jacobs ran after him.
Conrad heard Jacobs scream.
"Help me!" She said. "Help us!"
Conrad grabbed a T-shirt from the store and told Jacobs to put pressure on McGlockton's wound. Then she left the shop to check on the couple's children. She saw Dreyka sitting on the sidewalk. She asked if it was okay to come out.
Drejka told her that everything was alright, she said that everything had been recorded on video.
"He said everything very calmly," said Conrad, "almost proudly.
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