On Wednesday, the prosecution in Theodore Wafer’s murder trial rested their case, making way for Wafer’s defense team to call their first witness later this week.
In week two of Wafer’s trial, his defense attorney questioned the Dearborn Heights officer in charge of Renisha McBride’s investigation, asking him if there was more he could have done in the investigation.
Detective Sgt. Stephen Gurka told Cheryl Carpenter that based on the circumstances, there was nothing more he could do.
From The Detroit Free Press:
During testimony today, Gurka said he didn’t think fingerprints on the doors were relevant, adding if McBride’s fingerprints were there, it’s because she was knocking and if they’re not there, it doesn’t mean that she wasn’t at the scene.
Carpenter also questioned him about a possible muddy footprint on Wafer’s air conditioning unit, which Gurka said “maybe” was a footprint and he didn’t know where it came from.
“I don’t know when that footprint was placed there,” he said. “Maybe Mr. Wafer climbed on his air conditioner to look at his gutters.”
“Or maybe there was a second person trying to gain entry in the back of the house,” she countered, asking him if he ever thought of that.
“Then that’s the person Mr. Wafer should have shot,” Gurka responded.
Testimony from the doctor who performed McBride’s autopsy was also heard in court this week.
Dr. Kilak Kesha performed the autopsy on McBride and said it appears the distance between the end of the barrel and the defendant was less than three feet.
Kesha described McBride’s the gunshot wound to the face as “catastrophic” and ruled she died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Wafer faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the shooting of the unarmed 19-year-old in November 2013. Wafer contends that he shot McBride through a locked screen door in self-defense when she approached the door for help after a car accident.
Last week, the court heard audio of Wafer telling police he wasn’t aware that his gun was loaded.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest in Wafer’s case.
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