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Jury Selected In Clearwater Parking Lot Shooting Case

Michael Drejka
Michael Drejka wipes his brow in a Pinellas County courtroom during jury selection Tuesday. Six jurors and three alternates were chosen for Drejka's manslaughter trial.

Jurors and alternates have been sworn in for a manslaughter trial of a white man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space in Clearwater.

A jury of five men and one woman was seated Tuesday afternoon for 49-year-old Michael Drejka's case.

The two alternates are a man and woman. None of the jurors are black.

Prosecutors say Drejka confronted 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space in July 2018.

Convenience store video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulled a handgun and shot McGlockton as he backed away.

McGlockton ran inside the store, where he collapsed and died.

The trial is expected to last two to three weeks. Opening arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.