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Jury Could Begin Deliberating and the Michael Drake Trial



PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – The judge asked the jury if they would be OK staying late Friday night to deliberate should the case wrap up against Michael Drake, who was accused of fatally shooting Markeis McGlockton last summer during an altercation at a convenience store.

On Thursday, Jurors watched the hour-long interrogation video of Drake in court that took place just hours after the shooting.

In it, Drake explained his side of what happened, saying if McGlockton was going to hit him that hard to begin with, what else could he have expected.

"I shoot – I shoot to save my own a ** and that's that," according to

The jury also watched enhanced surveillance video of actual shooting on July 1

9, 2018, at the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point Road in Clearwater.

A Review of the Case [19659008] McGlockton's Mr irlfriend Britany Jacobs pulled her Chrysler sedan into a handicapped parking space.

After McGlockton and their 5-year-old son went into the store, Drake approached Jacobs and the two began arguing about the parking space, authorities said.

According to a witness, when McGlockton came out of the store and saw what was happening, he shoved Drake to the ground. Drake then pulled out of a handgun and shot McGlockton once in the chest, who later died.

Jury Heard From Self-Defense Expert, Doctor

On Thursday, the jury also heard from a self-defense and use of force expert and a doctor who talked about what types of behavior you may see in a person using MDMA (also known as ecstasy or Molly), and another that was found in McGlockton's

Dr. Bruce Goldberger: "Again, he looked completely normal."

Prosecution: "He wasn't freaking out, fighting with people, jumping over the counter stealing things?"

Goldberger: "No , and I would not expect that in an individual consuming MDMA. "

Whenever this case does wrap, prior to deliberations, the judge and attorneys will have to agree on what language to use in jury instructions.

Thursday, they discussed whether jurors would hear the words "he was standing his ground."

Follow today's court hearings from Spectrum Bay News 9 Reporter Saundra Weathers:


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