Detroit ‘Porch Shooter’ Argues Self Defense at Murder Trial
A suburban Detroit homeowner charged with fatally shooting a 19-year-old woman on his porch last fall took the stand to tell his side of the story of what happened that night.
Theodore Wafer – who is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony – tearfully said he feared for his life and “didn’t want to be a victim." Wafer fatally shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who had been banging on the side of his house and front door after a car accident during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.
On America's Newsroom today, Molly Line was joined by Wendy Patrick and Brian Claypool to discuss the murder trial and if the prosecution has a strong case against Wafer.
“This is about options," Patrick said. "There were other options available to this man other than firing a 12 gauge shotgun outside the door.”
She said the jury is going to want to know what facts and circumstances Wafer was confronted with that made his use of deadly force necessary.
Claypool said this trial will be more about which side gives a more vivid picture of what unfolded that night, and, according to Claypool, it appears Wafer is winning.
“All he has to prove is he had a reasonable and honest fear for his life,” Claypool said, adding that two crucial facts in Wafer's defense are that McBride came at Wafer's front door from the side to within a foot of him and she did not speak, identify herself or ask for help.
Patrick said the jury will get to weigh all the facts, including inconsistent defenses, such as Wafer's changing story on whether he knew the gun was loaded.
Claypool thinks that Wafer's remorse on the stand and the documented high crime rate of his area will also help sway the jury in his favor.
Watch the full discussion above.