Monday, July 21, 2014
The Theodore Wafer porch-shooting trial starts this morning with jury selection. Unfortunately, there is no live coverage, so I will be covering the trial on twitter.
Wafer is represented by a father-daughter legal team, Matt and Cheryl Carpenter. He is claiming self-defense, which is problematic because he shot Renisha McBride, 19, through a screen door after opening the locked front door of his house.
She was unarmed and he has compromised his claim of self-defense by admitting that she was asking for help and he accidentally fired his shotgun.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway is presiding over the trial and she will be conducting the voir dire of prospective jurors.
She has advised the panel that the trial will last approximately 10 days.