Trial Begins in ‘Porch Shooting’ of Renisha McBride

Theodore Wafer, left, is seen in court in this April 24, 2014 file photo where he is on trial for shooting Renisha McBride, right, in Dearborn, Mich. in November, 2013. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/AP Photo | McBride Family/ABC News)
Theodore Wafer, left, is seen in court in this April 24, 2014 file photo where he is on trial for shooting Renisha McBride, right, in Dearborn, Mich. in November, 2013. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/AP Photo | McBride Family/ABC News)

A jury has been selected and opening arguments are expected today in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot an African-American teen in 2013.

Fourteen jurors (which includes two alternates) — four African Americans and 10 whites — will determine whether Theodore Wafer, 54, who is white, shot Renisha McBride, 19, in self-defense on his front porch in Dearborn Heights on Nov. 2, 2013.

Wafer said he heard McBride pounding on his door at around 4:30 a.m. when he fired his shotgun through the locked door. He later called 911.

An autopsy released by the Office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that McBride died of a large gunshot wound to the face. The shot that killed McBride showed “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to the report.

A toxicology report showed that McBride had alcohol and marijuana in her system. She had crashed her vehicle into a parked car 3 1/2 before being shot, a witness testified in a hearing on Dec 18, 2013.

She was unarmed, according to prosecutors.

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SOURCE: YAZHOU SUN 
ABC News

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