Porch killing defendant: 'I wasn't going to cower'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A suburban Detroit man has testified that he was afraid when a woman showed up on his porch before dawn one morning last year, but that he refused to be a victim in his own home.

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed early on the morning of Nov. 2, 2013, in Dearborn Heights, Mich. (courtesy McBride Family/ABC News)

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DETROIT -- A suburban Detroit man has testified that he was afraid when a woman showed up on his porch before dawn one morning last year, but that he refused to be a victim in his own home.

Theodore Wafer told jurors at his murder trial Monday that he "wasn't going to cower" in his Dearborn Heights house when 19-year-old Renisha McBride showed up outside drunk.

Wafer says he followed loud banging noises from his front door to his side door and back to the front again before he fetched his shotgun.

He says he opened the front door slightly, saw the screen door was damaged and opened it further. He says he saw someone quickly come from the side of his house and that he then raised the gun and fired.


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