Witnesses testify Renisha McBride may have been drunk, hurt before porch shooting death

DETROIT (AP) - The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch has resumed.

Theodore Wafer has returned to Wayne County court. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was shot outside Wafer's Dearborn Heights home last fall.

The 55-year-old says he shot McBride in self-defense.

But prosecutors played a recording last week of Wafer's first encounter with police during which he said he didn't know his shotgun was loaded.

It's not known why McBride ended up at Wafer's home at 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. They didn't know each other. She was drunk and had crashed her car a half-mile away 3 ½ hours earlier.

Monday, several witnesses testified. One witness said he called and asked Renisha to pick him up in the hours before she died. He thought she may have been drinking and she never picked him up.

Police testified that damage to the windshield on McBride's car may imply she was hurt.

"It may be possible for the driver to strike the windshield given those dynamics," said Keith Lucidi, MSP Traffic Crash Re-constructionist.

 

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