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Tallahassee pastor urges state to revisit Stand Your Ground law

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 14:08:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The man who shot and killed a father of three outside a convenience story last month appeared in court for the first time Tuesday.

He's facing manslaughter charges.

Originally, Michael Drejka was not charged, claiming self defense under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Another new detail from the arrest warrant says that three months before Drejka shot McGlockton, he got into another confrontation with a truck driver who illegally parked in a handicap spot.

The arrest comes five days after people rallied in Tallahassee against the Stand Your Ground law.

McGlockton's family and girlfriend joined local and state leaders, including Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr. He said the arrest is a move in the right direction but that the law needs to be revisited and shouldn't be used as a license to murder.

"I think it needs to be repealed or amended. We have a lot of research that clearly states that this law has been disproportionate, negatively impacted minority communities, and that is totally unacceptable," said Reverend Holmes.

Reverend Holmes said he's an advocate for the Second Amendment but that Stand Your Ground needs to be more about self-defense. He said the next governor needs to do something about the current law.