DETROIT (AP/WWJ) — A prosecutor aggressively cross-examined a suburban Detroit man who insists he killed an unarmed 19-year-old woman on his porch in self-defense.
Athina Siringas asked Theodore Wafer on Tuesday if his strategy was “shoot first, ask questions later.”
The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride. Wafer testified Monday that he believed someone was trying to break into his Dearborn Heights home at around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.
He says he fired a shotgun through a screen door because he feared for his safety. Wafer says the pounding at his door was “unbelievable.”
Prosecutors say Wafer could have stayed safely behind his locked doors and called 911 instead of confronting McBride.
Marie Osborne is live in the courthouse for WWJ, covering all the twists and turns. She reported that Wafer, who’s been soft spoken throughout his testimony, spoke directly to the jury before the lunch break.
After a thorough questioning by the prosecutor, the defense will get a chance to redirect his testimony when court resumes Tuesday.
The prosecutor pulled out Wafer’s gun at one point, making jurors gasp. Wafer was questioned again and again about why he opened the door and opened fire on the teenager, who had been allegedly knocking and banging on it looking for help after a car accident.
Police say McBride was intoxicated and had been wandering for more than three hours after crashing into a parked car.
When asked by the prosecutor if he thinks he’s paranoid, Wafer said, “I don’t think so.”
Yesterday he testified he grabbed the gun and went to the door when he heard the knocking because he refused to “cower” in his house. Wafer described the knocking as “violent.”
He testified that he reached for his cell phone, but didn’t find it.
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