WXYZ reports that:
Theodore Wafer has taken the stand in his own defense in his murder trial. And Tuesday morning prosecutors will continue with their cross examination.Read more here.
Wafer is charged with Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
During direct questioning by his own defense attorney, Wafer describes the night McBride was shot. He told the jury that he could not find his cell phone to call police to investigate whatever was happening outside his Dearborn Heights home that woke him up around 4:30 a.m. on November 2.
Wafer said the day before, after work, he went to a nearby bar and consumed no more than three beers. He says he went home around 7:30 p.m. and fell asleep in a recliner watching television.
Wafer's defense attorney asked him to describe the banging on his doors that woke him up and he described it for the jury as "violent" and so intense that he could feel the floor vibrating. Wafer testified that he thought multiple people were trying to break into his house.
Wafer first told police he shot McBride by accident, telling investigators that he didn't realize his gun was loaded.
When asked by his defense attorney to explain why he first said the shooting was an accident, Wafer said he doesn't know why, perhaps "denial," he told the jury.
This morning, I watched killer Theodore Wafer testify. I do not believe him. His story does not add up. If someone is knocking on your door, the first thing that you should do is look out of the peep hole. If you cannot see out of the peep hole, you should look out of the window. You would say, "Who is it?" or "Can I help you?" Wafer said nothing. If you are afraid of being seen, you cut off the lights and peep between the blinds to see who was knocking on his door.
I do not believe that Wafer was unable to find his phone. Instead of grabbing his gun, he should have grabbed his phone and called the police. Alternatively, he could have grabbed his gun, continued looking for his phone, grabbed his phone and called the police.
If he was so afraid that someone was going to break into his home, why would he open his door? By the way, most robbers and burglarers do not bang on doors. They try to avoid drawing attention from outsiders.
Anyway, Wafer basically wanted to confront whoever was knocking at his door and ended up shooting and killing Renisha McBride. First, he claimed that the shooting was accidental. Then, he asserted that it was in self defense. During the trial, he was unable to explain why he initially told the police that the shooting was an accident. I do not buy what he is trying to sell.
Justice for Renisha McBride!