Theodore Wafer, the 55-year-old Detroit homeowner who shot an unarmed Renisha McBride to death last November, apparently didn’t know there was a round in the chamber of his shotgun when he grabbed the weapon in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.
That’s what the defense told the courtroom during the second day of his murder trial on Thursday.
Jurors heard this new detail to the case when an audio recording of the defendant, taken by a responding officer wearing a microphone, was played in court.
“A consistent knocking on the door and I’m trying to look through the windows but every time I look through the windows and the door, it’s banging somewhere else, so I open up the door, kind of like who is this, and the gun discharged,” jurors heard Wafer say. “I didn’t know there was a round in there.”
Paris Pace, the woman who witnessed Renisha’s car accident, also testified on Thursday. Pace told jurors Renisha was “babbling” and seemed “real out of it.”
Wafer’s attorneys claim the defendant acted in self-defense. When McBride came knocking on his door in the early hours of that morning, he believed “multiple people” were trying to break in.
Prosecutors claim Wafer created a situation where bodily harm or death was likely to happen.
“His actions that night were unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable,” Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark said during opening statements Wednesday.
Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and felony use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. Court will resume on Monday at 9 a.m. We’ll keep you updated with the latest.
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