Jury seated in trial of Dearborn Heights man accused of killing Renisha McBride

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A jury has been seated in the trial of the man accused in the shooting death of Renisha McBride.

Opening statements in the case against Theodore Wafer are set to begin on Wednesday.

Wafer is accused of killing the 19-year old McBride. He told police that McBride came banging on the front door of his Dearborn Heights home in November of last year.

He responded by firing a shotgun through the door. McBride was hit in the face.

Wafer has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Manslaughter & firearms charges in connection to her death.

The Dearborn Heights homeowner told police when he shot McBride he thought she was trying to break into his house.

His attorneys say he had no criminal record, except for a couple of DUIs 20 years ago. The 54-year-old also held a job at Wayne County Airport with a high security clearance.

A report released by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office showed that McBride had a blood alcohol level of .218 %.  That is almost three times the legal limit.

However, the family of McBride and their attorney say that did not give the homeowner the right to shoot her.

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