The man who was charged with manslaughter after shooting an unarmed black man claiming self-defense has been released on bail — and gave a lengthy jailhouse interview discussing his life and the shooting that put him behind bars.
NBC News reports that Michael Drejka, 48, was charged with manslaughter in August in connection to the fatal July shooting of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton outside a Clearwater, Florida, convenience store. The arrest came almost a month after the incident, in which Drejka claimed self-defense and reportedly invoked Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law for shooting McGlockton following an argument over a parking spot.
Authorities initially declined to press charges against Drejka, who shot the unarmed man after McGlockton shoved him during the altercation in the parking lot — as McGlockton’s girlfriend looked on, with two small children in the car. McGlockton’s 5-year-old son was inside the convenience store at the time of the shooting.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was publicly criticized for failing to bring charges against Drejka. Following a further review of the case by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office, Drejka was arrested and held on $100,000 bond, NBC News reports.
In late September, Drejka was released on bond, but before his release he gave an interview to WTSP 10 News, in which he spoke about his life and his actions that day, showing little remorse while insisting that the incident was not racially motivated.
‘I’m sorry is all I can really say to them,” Drejka says in the interview when asked what he might say to McGlockton’s family.
“Would you accept those kind of words from someone? I don’t think I would … I think there’s too much hate already for me to say anything that would make any kind of difference.”
Watch the full interview here: