Emotional testimony in court as shooting trial begins for Renish

Emotional testimony in court as shooting trial begins for Renisha McBride's death

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(WJBK) - The 911 call of Theodore Wafer began opening statements Wednesday in the trial for the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride of Detroit, who was shot and killed last November on Wafer's Dearborn Heights porch.

Wafer, 55, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm. He says he heard pounding at his front and side doors after 4:30 a.m., which woke him up.

Looking through his peep hole, the defense says Wafer couldn't see anything. Fearing for his life and unable to find his cell phone, the shotgun was said to be fired in self-defense as he thought someone was coming at him. McBride, who was drunk and unarmed, was killed.

Prosecutors say the door standing between Wafer and McBride was never opened and that McBride never tried to break in, also arguing that Wafer had plenty of other options that night.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to hear from attorneys in court in a report from Fox 2's Erika Erickson

The jurors heard from Carmen Beasley, whose husband owned the parked car McBride hit before wandering off, and McBride's mother.

While all can agree this case is a tragedy, the defense says the burden weighs on prosecutors to prove that Wafer didn't act in self-defense.

Prosecutors will call more witnesses Thursday. The trial is expected to last 10 days.

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