The Detroit Free Press reports that:
Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Theodore Wafer’s “credibility is lacking,” saying he used buzzwords when he testified and accused him of being manipulative when talking to police and jurors.
But the defense said the 55-year-old told the truth when he testified he heard pounding on the side and front doors of his home and shot Renisha McBride in self-defense around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2.
Now a jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women must decide the Dearborn Heights man’s fate. Jurors got the case today after closing arguments in Wayne County Circuit Court and spent the afternoon deliberating. They will continue at 9 a.m.
Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will be able to consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is also charged with manslaughter and felony firearm.
Prosecutors argued 19-year-old McBride just wanted to go home but ended up in the morgue because Wafer picked up his shotgun, released the safety, raised it at her, pulled the trigger and “blew her face off.”
“He wanted a confrontation,” Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Patrick Muscat said, telling jurors Wafer had other options that night.
Muscat said that Wafer went to the door to scare away neighborhood kids with his gun because he was mad and killed the “unarmed, injured, disoriented 19-year-old.” Wafer’s vehicle had been hit with paint balls in October.
The defense described a different version of what happened: Wafer was in fear when he woke up to violent pounding, thought there were multiple people outside his home, was “terrorized” in his home for between one and three minutes, opened the door and shot McBride in self-defense.
“The threat was not more than two feet away,” said Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s attorney. “Coming, lunging, from the side.”
She said the pounding was “getting louder and louder and louder and louder until the floors started vibrating, the walls were shaking, the window was about to break, the screen door was already broken.”
Good morning, family. Today, the jury will continue to deliberate. Lets pray and hope for justice. Justice for Renisha McBride.