Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Stand Your Ground' on trial in Detroit

Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of Theodore Wafer, a 55-year-old Dearborn Heights, Michigan homeowner charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Detroit native Renisha McBride last year and whose case has grabbed national headlines drawing comparisons to the racially charged Trayvon Martin case in Florida, reported the Detroit News. Like the Martin case, shooter is white and a the victim black.

Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony use of a firearm in McBride’s death. Authorities say Wafer shot McBride in the face with a shotgun as she knocked on the front door to this home in the early morning on Nov. 2, following a car accident. The home is on the Dearborn Heights and Detroit border.

Police say they received a 911 call around 4:42 a.m. reporting a fatal shooting.

“I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door,” Wafer said on the 911 call. Wafer’s lawyers have said he believed McBride was an intruder.
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