Forensic pathologist says blood on 19-year-old's hand points to Ted Wafer firing in self-defense

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Crime scene photos show blood on Renisha McBride's left hand, and forensic pathologist Werner Spitz says that, in addition to the hand appearing to be swollen to him, support Theodore Wafer's claim that he shot and killed the 19-year-old in self-defense.

Dr. Spitz concluded, through looking at crime scene photos, that McBride must have been banging on Wafer's doors so hard the early morning hours of November 2, that her strikes caused her hand to bleed and swell.

Spitz is a witness for the defense in Wafer's trial on charges of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter.

On cross examination, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Athina Siringas asked Spitz if there might actually be blood spatter from someone being shot in the face. Spitz conceded that it is possible.

Earlier this week, a Wayne County assistant medical examiner said he examined McBride's body before and after washing off the blood and he concluded that her hands were not injured.

Siringas also got Dr. Spitz to concede that someone with McBride's alcohol level (.218 at the time of death) might also have been walking around in a daze or sleeping during some of the three hours between when she crashed her car and when she was shot.

Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer's lead defense attorney, has refused to indicate if Wafer will take the stand.

Carpenter has suggested that McBride may have gone to Wafer's house with one or more people to rob him.

There has never been a relationship or prior contact established between Wafer and McBride.

Testimony resumes Monday.

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