Michigan's top court looking at porch shooting trial
LANSING, Mich. (AP) —
The Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear a high-profile case about a man who fatally shot a woman who banged on his door following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit.
Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013.
The issue for the Supreme Court on Thursday is jury instructions. The trial judge explained self-defense to jurors, but Wafer wanted the judge to tell jurors he shot McBride because he believed she was breaking into his house — a key distinction.
McBride was drunk and had crashed her car earlier that night. Wafer says he was awakened by pounding at his door.
The 58-year-old wants his conviction overturned. Wafer was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.