Thursday, July 24, 2014
Good morning to all:
The prosecution probably will be presenting evidence from the crime scene today and calling detectives to testify about what Wafer told them.
During her opening statement yesterday, Cheryl Carpenter told the jury that Wafer saw “not one, not two, but three people” when he opened his front door with shotgun in hand to find out who was banging on it. She said he had to open the door to see who was there because his peep hole had been smashed and he could not see anything. She also said he did not call 911 before he opened the door because he has no land line and he had misplaced his cell phone, which he did not find until after the shooting.
If his peep hole had been smashed, it must have been smashed before the incident because the exterior screen door was closed, locked and without any damage to the area corresponding to the location of the peep hole in the front door.
Corporal Gonzales testified yesterday that he arrived at Wafer’s residence within two to three minutes after the 911 call. He said Wafer was walking on the sidewalk outside his home when he arrived and he subsequently found the shotgun on the floor inside the house in the foyer just beyond the front door.
The jury will have to decide whether Wafer’s claim that he encountered “not one, not two, but three people” standing on his front porch when he opened the door and pulled the trigger killing McBride makes any sense, since he left the shotgun on the floor in the foyer and walked outside the house unarmed all the way to the sidewalk apparently unconcerned about the other two people who were with McBride when he opened the door.
In deciding whether he lied, the jury will have to consider two other statements that he made about the shooting that we are likely to hear about today.
First, he told detectives that he accidentally pulled the trigger.
Second, he told them that he shot McBride in self-defense because he believed his life was in danger.
McBride was unarmed.
Given his attorney’s preview of Wafer’s latest version of the shooting, I believe we can safely assume that Wafer will testify.
When he takes the stand, he is going to have some splainin’ to do.
And there you have it, so gather round the TV or the live stream and watch the proceedings with us and comment below.
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