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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 7:58 am

Jurors begin deliberating in porch shooting case

DETROIT (AP) Jurors have begun deliberating in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting an unarmed woman outside his home last year.

The Wayne County court jury left the courtroom to begin discussing the case Wednesday after attorneys made their closing arguments.

Prosecutor Patrick Muscat urged jurors to convict 55-year-old Theodore Wafer of second-degree murder in the Nov. 2 shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He says Wafer handled his shotgun "like a toy" and should have stayed safely in his Dearborn Heights home and called police.

Wafer says he shot McBride in self-defense after she woke him around 4:30 a.m. by banging on his doors.

If convicted of second-degree murder he could face up to life in prison with the possibility of parole.