Shooter in Stand Your Ground Case Charged with Manslaughter

posted by Ryan Gorman - 

  • Michael Drejka, the shooter in the recent Stand Your Ground case, has been charged with manslaughter and is being held on $100,000 bail. 
  • Prosecution likely went with a manslaughter over a murder charge because it is easier to prove manslaughter than second-degree murder.
  • If the shooter is found guilty of manslaughter, he could face up to 30 years in prison, the minimum could be as little as ten years.
  • The forensic scene supervisor analyzed the scene with a 3D scanner, and was able to prove that at the time of the shooting, Drejka and McGlockton were approximately 12 feet away from each other. 
  • Drejka's past accused violence played a role in the decision to charge- there have been multiple reported incidences of him pulling out his gun during altercations, and one incident in that same parking lot months earlier. 
  • The burden of proof is now on the prosecution- they must prove that it was not reasonable for Drejka to believe his life was in imminent danger or he was in imminent danger of great bodily harm. 

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