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Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn covers public safety in north Pinellas County and news in the city of Largo. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism.



Michael Drejka's attorneys, left to right,  Lysa Clifton, John Trevena and  Bryant Camareno, are seeking a reduction in bail. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyers for Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot last month, have listed the Pinellas County sheriff’s initial decision not to arrest Drejka as a reason to reduce their client’s $100,000...
Published: 08/17/18
Michael Drejka appears via video feed from jail for his first appearance to face a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. JIM DAMASKE | Times

Think you know stand your ground? The recent Clearwater case tells us you’re probably wrong.

When Michael Drejka was arrested Monday in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton, it ensured that Florida’s stand your ground law will remain under scrutiny for months to come.Beyond that? Little is clear.
Published: 08/17/18
Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into one of the lawyers who signed on this week to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities at first called a stand your ground case.
Published: 08/16/18
Drejka's three-lawyer team unsure if it will use stand your ground defense

Drejka's three-lawyer team unsure if it will use stand your ground defense

LARGO — Three lawyers have signed on to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities initially deemed a stand your ground shooting.Whether Lysa Clifton, John Trevena and Bryant Camareno will use...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Prosecutors on Monday charged Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal July 19 shooting of Markeis McGlockton in a case that reignited debate about Florida's stand your ground law. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

After Michael Drejka's first court appearance, stand your ground case is expected to crawl

LARGO — Clad in orange jail scrubs, Michael Drejka made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon via video monitor, one day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton.
Published: 08/15/18
Protesters march in Clearwater demanding justice for Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed outside a convenience store in a case that touched off debate about Florida's stand your ground law. LUIS SANTANA | Times

27 Days: The Markeis McGlockton case, from shooting to stand your ground furor to shooter’s arrest

Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three, was killed July 19. Three weeks passed before Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested. In that time, the case touched off a national debate about Florida's controversial stand your ground...
Published: 08/14/18
Michael Drejka was arrested Monday [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]. Meanwhile, the scene where Markeis McGlockton was shot became a memorial. [Doug Clifford | Times]

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Frustration and anticipation have packed the roughly three weeks since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot in a case that has reignited the debate over Florida’s stand your ground law.And on Monday, it took...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
[Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

Prosecutors on Monday decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a major development in a case that has drawn national scrutiny over Florida’s stand your ground law.
Published: 08/13/18
Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump speaks to protest the killing of Markeis McGlockton at a rally Aug. 5. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

The arrest of Michael Drejka in the controversial shooting of Markeis McGlockton drew loud approval Monday as a welcome development for family, advocacy groups and local elected officials in Florida.
Published: 08/13/18
Parking lot shooter charged in Florida 'stand your ground' case

Parking lot shooter charged in Florida 'stand your ground' case

Michael Drejka has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton, in a case that reignited the debate over Stand Your Ground after an argument over a handicap parking space.
Published: 08/13/18