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.
SOURCE: YAZHOU SUN