DETROIT – Jury selection is to begin in the trial of a suburban Detroit man who shot and killed an unarmed drunk woman who was pounding on his door before dawn last November, several hours after she crashed her car.
Theodore Wafer is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and a gun charge in the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch. Jury selection starts Monday.
Wafer's attorney says he shot McBride because he feared for his safety and his actions were legally justifiable.
But prosecutors say Wafer could have remained in his locked home and called 911. They say opening the door and shooting McBride in the face didn't amount to self-defense.
McBride crashed into a parked car about 3 ½ hours before she showed up at Wafer's door.