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Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

July 23, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Detroit-area man who killed a young, unarmed woman on his porch heard "boom, boom, boom" at last four separate times before he opened the door and shot her in the face.

Jurors heard opening statements Wednesday in the trial of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last November in Dearborn Heights.

The 55-year-old Wafer claims he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors say his actions were unreasonable. The shooting occurred around 4:30 a.m., 3 ½ hours after McBride crashed her car about a half-mile away. An autopsy found she was drunk.

Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark says Wafer could have called police instead of shooting McBride.

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter says Wafer feared for his life.

 
 

 

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