Theodore Wafer, the Detroit man on trial for the Nov. 2, 2013 killing of Renisha McBride, took the stand this week in his defense. He told jurors Monday that he was fearful for his safety after hearing someone outside of his house at 4:30 a.m.
“I could hear something slapping the front window. I don’t know what it was. The floor was vibrating from the banging on the doors,” Wafer testified. When the knocking moved from the front door to the side door and back, he says he grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun.
McBride, 19, had been involved in an automobile accident hours earlier, just a half mile away from Wafer’s Dearborn Heights home. Wafer testified that he went to his front door to find that the screen door had been damaged. When he opened the door further, he saw the person coming from the side of the house toward the front porch, and fired his weapon.
“I think everybody would like to have a security system in their house. I couldn’t afford it,” Wafer said when asked why he opted to buy the firearm six years earlier. “I just thought it was time to have some security I could afford.”