Will Theodore Wafer testify in his own defense? Prosecutors could rest Wednesday

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Theodore Wafer may be the only one who can explain to the jury why he shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride on the front porch of his Dearborn Heights home.

And if Wafer takes the stand in his own defense, it could be this week as prosecutors continued to move quickly through their witnesses on day three of testimony.

Wafer is charged with Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter - "Death By Weapon Aimed with Intent But Without Malice" - which is how the charge is written in court records.

Wafer first told a 911 dispatcher and the officers who were first to arrive  that he didn't think his 12 gauge shotgun was loaded and that the shooting was an accident.

But during his trial, Wafer's defense attorneys said he fired in self-defense after fearing several people were trying to break into his home around 4:40 a.m. on November 2, 2013.

Wafer opened his front door and fired through the screen door at McBride.

On Monday, the jury heard a lot about blood evidence in the case. McBride's blood was found in her car and on the frame of Wafer's screen door. 

McBride was intoxicated and crashed her white Taurus about a half-mile away from Wafer's home about three hours earlier.

It's unclear where McBride was in between the time she walked away from the crash site and when she ended up on Wafer's porch.

Through a number of their witnesses, prosecutors have tried to show that McBride wasn't an angry drunk and was simply desperate to get home after the crash that left her injured and perhaps disoriented.

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