Closing Arguments Today in Dearborn Heights Porch Shooting Trial

Closing Arguments Today in Dearborn Heights Porch Shooting Trial

In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer listens during a motion hearing in Judge Timothy Kenny's courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Jury selection starts Monday, July 21, 2014, in a trial that will put Wafer's self-defense claim to a tough test. The 19-year-old woman, Renisha McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away. Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, he grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted her in the face. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals, File)
In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer listens during a motion hearing in Judge Timothy Kenny’s courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Jury selection starts Monday, July 21, 2014, in a trial that will put Wafer’s self-defense claim to a tough test. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals, File)

(Detroit Free-Press) – Closing arguments are expected to begin this morning in the trial of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with fatally shooting Renisha McBride on the porch of his Dearborn Heights home in November.

Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder. The Wayne County jury will be able to consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is also charged with manslaughter and felony firearm.

Wafer testified this week that he heard loud banging on his doors at about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2. He said he searched for his cell phone, but was unable to find it and didn’t have a land line.

Wafer said that he went to his front door with his 12-gauge shotgun, opened the door and fired when someone suddenly appeared from the side of his house.

McBride, 19, was shot in the face.

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