Witness describes car crash before woman was shot

Witness describes car crash before woman was shot

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Prosecutors have presented evidence from the last hours before the fatal shooting of a young woman on a man's porch in suburban Detroit.

A Dearborn Heights judge held a hearing Wednesday to determine if there's enough evidence to send Theodore Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Renisha McBride.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to see testimony from the trial in a report from Fox 2's Maurielle Lue, or read the story below.

The preliminary exam is scheduled to continue again Thursday at 9 a.m. Wafer is out on bond during the trial.

Wafer's attorneys are trying to reinforce their claim that he feared McBride and shot her to protect himself. A firearms expert for the defense believes a screen probably was knocked out of a door frame before the shooting.
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"I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door."

The recording from the 911call from Theodore Wafer was played for the first time in open court. The 54 year old is now charged with the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Carmen Beasley called 911 the night McBride was killed. McBride, who had been drinking and smoking marijuana, rear ended Beasley's parked vehicle. Beasley called 911 twice, once to report the accident and again to request an ambulance for McBride, who, Beasley, testified was bleeding and confused. Others who came into contact with McBride that night said she was not violent.

"She just kept saying 'I have to go home,' and I told her the ambulance was coming to, you know, check her out but she said no, 'I just need to go home,'" Beasley said in court.

The medical examiner who performed McBride's autopsy testified her blood alcohol level was 0.218, but was in the metabolic phase of digestion which means she was sobering up. After the accident McBride left the scene, wandering down the street and ended up on Theodore Wafer's front porch where she was killed. The medical examiner testified she was only about three feet away from her shooter.

The prosecution implied that no damage or usable fingerprints on the outside door handles or screens indicated the teen was not trying to break in but was, instead, looking for help. The defense argued back saying the door wasn't tested for prints immediately after the shooting and that it was raining the night of the incident. The court showed pictures from the scene including McBride's crashed car. Experts also demonstrated the steps necessary to fire the shotgun.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report

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