WATCH: Pre-trial hearing in controversial Clearwater stand your ground case

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The man charged with manslaughter in the controversial Clearwater stand your ground case will have a pre-trial hearing this afternoon.

Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton outside of a convenience store back in July. It all started with an argument over a parking space.  Surveillance video shows Drejka arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend. McGlockton leaves the store and shoves Drejka, then Drejka pulls out a gun and fires one shot killing McGlockton.

Drejka was arrested three weeks later, at the recommendation of the state attorney. Months ago, he apologized to McGlockton’s family. 

“I am sorry. That’s all I can really say to them, and thinking about it would you accept those kind of words from someone? I don’t think I would,”he said. 

The prosecution plans to use a prior confrontation by Drejka and another man in that same parking lot as part of their case. In that incident, Drejka allegedly threatened to shoot the driver of a sanitation truck for parking in the same handicapped space that sparked the confrontation leading to McGlockton’s shooting.  Prosecutors allege Drejka later called the driver’s boss and said he was lucky that he didn’t “blow his employee’s head off.”

The hearing will happen here this afternoon at 1:30. It’s unclear if Drejka will be in court.

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