Michael Drejka arrested, charged in slaying of Merkeis McGlockton

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    Good, this one really should go to trial.Report

  2. PD Shaw says:

    I don’t see how “stand your ground” has anything to do with this. This appears to be a standard self-defense issue as it would play out in other states as to whether the killer’s belief on the need for self-defense was reasonable. What seems different is the sheriff’s office that investigated the case made some public statements that the defendant will want to present to the jury in one form or another.Report

    • InMD in reply to PD Shaw says:

      This seems about right. I also think jury trial would be the appropriate way to address whether or not a crime was committed and if so how serious of a crime.Report

      • PD Shaw in reply to InMD says:

        My bet would be there is a plea deal. He is looking at either zero or life, and the prosecutors probably have an incentive to cut a reasonable deal if there is a risk that the sheriff’s office botched the case.Report

        • InMD in reply to PD Shaw says:

          Me too. Not sure how its done in FL but ky guess is they offer something like manslaughter 10 years, with a recommendation of parole eligibility in 5. Dreka does time but still gets to have a life after this.Report

    • Maribou in reply to PD Shaw says:

      @pd-shaw “Stand your ground” became involved because the sheriff originally claimed that was the reason prosecution couldn’t happen.

      Agree that it’s not relevant but as the reason the sheriff’s office was claiming it couldn’t go to trial, it became relevant to the conversation (if not the trial).Report

      • PD Shaw in reply to Maribou says:

        I’ve not listened to all of what the Sheriff said, and sounds he should have said very little, but he only gets to decide whether the killer is arrested, which always requires probable cause. It sounds like the Sheriff had diarrhea of the mouth in commenting on the case, when all he needed to say was that they are still reviewing and collecting evidence, and/ or we are working with the prosecutor at this point.Report

        • Oscar Gordon in reply to PD Shaw says:

          The fact that he didn’t shut up, when police are well known for their ability to shut up when they want to, tells me there was a point in talking too much.Report

    • Stillwater in reply to PD Shaw says:

      The funny thing (to me anyway) about Florida SYG contra self-defense laws is that since they explicitly require that a person must not have engaged in illegal activity while in a public space in advance of the use of lethal force, they effectively *weaken* a defendant’s claim to self-defense. Arguably, Drejka was harassing McGlockton’s wife, in which case his claim to justified ground standing per SYG law would be nullified. Same for Zimmerman who could have credibly been accused of stalking Martin. The non-SYG self-defense law contains no such restrictions, which is why Drejka will (most likely) rely solely on it.

      But IANAL, so….Report

  3. Marchmaine says:

    So in unrelated but still legal matters… the sidebar twitter indicates that Manafort’s defense has rested without calling a witness?

    a Post on Off the Cuff for unfounded speculation?

    p.s. full disclosure, I am not on twitter, but have not been banned either… unlike JB and Redstate.Report

  4. State legislators revised the law last year to put the onus on prosecutors to disprove a stand your ground claim instead of on defense attorneys to prove one.

    Any of those people in Las Vegas was capable of climbing up the outside of the hotel and invading his room.Report