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Florida man guilty of manslaughter in test of 'stand your ground' law

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Florida man guilty of manslaughter in test of 'stand your ground' law
Florida man guilty of manslaughter in test of 'stand your ground' law

A Florida man has been convicted of manslaughter for a fatal shooting during an argument about a parking spot, in a case that made headlines when police initially declined to arrest the suspect due to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Conway G.

Gittens reports

UPSOUND: "The defendent is guilty of manslaughter as charged." A rare guilty verdict in a Florida 'stand your ground' case.

Michael Drejka is headed to jail for shooting Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed black man after a dispute over parking in a handicap spot.

Michael McGlockton is the dead man's father.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MICHAEL MCGLOCKTON, VICTIM'S FATHER, SAYING: "I can safely say my family can rest now.

Now we can start to put the pieces back together and move on." Prosecutors say that while McGlockton was inside a convenience store, his girlfriend was approached by Drejka over the parking spot.

Tempers flared after McGlockton came out of the store and rushed to her defense.

He pushed Drejka - who then pulled out his gun, mortally wounding the 28-year old.

Drejka claimed McGlockton was coming toward him when he fired the fatal shot, but surveillance video actually showed the opposite.

Family attorney Michele Rayner-Goolsby: (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) MICHELE RAYNER-GOOLSBY, FAMILY ATTORNEY, SAYING: "We're thankful that the jury saw what we saw, saw what everybody saw in that video." The case reignited the controversy over the state's stand-your-ground law, which rose to national attention after unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012 - one of the incidents that helped launched the Black Lives matter movement.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in state court.

The Florida law allows a citizen to use deadly if he or she feels threatened.

Drejka faces up to 30 years in prison.

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