Renisha McBride Murder

Jury to hear from defense in porch shooting trial


In this undated file photo is the cover of a funeral program showing 19-year-old Renisha McBride from a service in Detroit. Jury selection started Monday, July 21, 2014 in a trial that will put gunman Theodore Wafer's self-defense claim to a tough test. McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away and was shot by Wafer. (AP Photo/Detroit News)

In this undated file photo is the cover of a funeral program showing 19-year-old Renisha McBride from a service in Detroit. Jury selection started Monday, July 21, 2014 in a trial that will put gunman Theodore Wafer’s self-defense claim to a tough test. McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away and was shot by Wafer. (AP Photo/Detroit News)

DETROIT (AP) — The defense is to present its side in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged in the fatal shooting of a young woman on his porch last fall.

Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday after five days of evidence and testimony against 55-year-old Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Testimony resumes Thursday. Wafer is claiming self-defense.

Defense lawyers have tried to cast the police investigation in a poor light, but Detective Sgt. Steve Gurka has defended his work.

It’s not publicly known whether Wafer will testify. But experts believe it’s necessary if he wants to show jurors that he reasonably acted out of fear last Nov. 2 when McBride was pounding at his door.

Source: AP

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