Justice for Renisha: Ted Wafer said he didn’t know the gun was loaded
A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed teen on his porch said he didn’t know his shotgun was loaded.
Ted Wafer, 55, shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride during the early hours of Nov. 2. He has claimed self defense under Michigan’s Stand Your Ground law.
Theodore Wafer, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, met officers outside his Dearborn Heights home after they responded to his 911 call around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.
“What happened here?” Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording played by prosecutors.
“A consistent knocking on the door, and I’m trying to look through the windows and the door,” Wafer said. “It’s banging somewhere else so I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.
“I didn’t know there was a round in there,” Wafer told McManmon. “I don’t get it. Who’s knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang — somebody wanting in.”
Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of McBride, who appeared on his porch more than 3 hours after crashing her car a half-mile away.
Prosecutors argue that Wafer should’ve called police if he indeed feared for his life like his lawyers are suggesting.
On the second day of Wafer’s trial, the jury heard testimony from witnesses who interacted with McBride after her car wreck. Officers who collected evidence also took the stand.
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