DETROIT (WXYZ) - Theodore Wafer has taken the stand in his own defense in his murder trial. And Tuesday morning prosecutors will continue with their cross examination.
Wafer is charged with Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
During direct questioning by his own defense attorney, Wafer describes the night McBride was shot. He told the jury that he could not find his cell phone to call police to investigate whatever was happening outside his Dearborn Heights home that woke him up around 4:30 a.m. on November 2.
Wafer said the day before, after work, he went to a nearby bar and consumed no more than three beers. He says he went home around 7:30 p.m. and fell asleep in a recliner watching television.
Wafer's defense attorney asked him to describe the banging on his doors that woke him up and he described it for the jury as "violent" and so intense that he could feel the floor vibrating. Wafer testified that he thought multiple people were trying to break into his house.
Wafer first told police he shot McBride by accident, telling investigators that he didn't realize his gun was loaded.
When asked by his defense attorney to explain why he first said the shooting was an accident, Wafer said he doesn't know why, perhaps "denial," he told the jury.
During his testimony Monday, Wafer said he was scared for his life and shot the person that stunned him on his porch when he opened the front door.
Wafer told the jury that he noticed the insert of his screen door had been knocked out of place and then a figure popped up in front of him. He then fired.
Wafer appeared emotional when talking about killing McBride. He told the jury that "poor girl.. she had her whole life in front of her and I took that from her."
But when it was time for Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Athina Siringas to cross examine Wafer, she accused him of trying to manipulate the jury with his emotions and tears.
Siringas asked Wafer if he was emotional when he talked to investigators two or three hours after killing the 19-year-old. Wafer said no.
Prosecutors then played a video of Wafer being questioned by an investigator at the police department, where he sips on something they've given him to drink and does not appear to be emotional. Police told him the person he shot and killed was young. And, at times, Wafer refers to the person he shot as "it."
On the video, Wafer says he could see shadows when he looked through his peephole. He thought he could hear prying in addition to the loud banging. Wafer also admits he was mad when he grabbed his shotgun that was in a closet, saying he didn't want to "cower" in his home and wasn't going to be a victim.
Wafer told the investigator he wanted to show the person or people who were outside his home that he was armed.
Wafer is heard telling the investigator about the moment he opened the front door. "I'm going to find out what is going on. I open the security door and I had my hands on my weapon and, you know, I think I even said something, I'm not sure what I said, you know, because I'm, I'm piss and vinegar now. And it discharged.. the person was standing right there."
"When I opened the door that fast, that weapon discharged and that was it," Wafer tells the investigator during the interview that was videotaped.
When the video finished playing for the jury, court was adjourned for the day.
Prosecutors will continue their cross examination of Wafer Tuesday morning.
It was on November 2, 2013 that prosecutors say an intoxicated McBride went to Wafer's house looking for help, following a traffic accident where it's believed she sustained a head injury. Prosecutors have also suggested that McBride may have mistaken Wafer's corner house for the house she lived in with her mother and grandmother.
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 to operate a motor vehicle.