Theodore Wafer, the Detroit manÂ on trial for the Nov. 2, 2013 killingÂ of Renisha McBride, took the stand this weekÂ in his defense.Â He told jurors Monday that he was fearful for his safety after hearing someoneÂ outside of his houseÂ 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 movedÂ from theÂ front door to theÂ side door and back, he says he grabbed aÂ 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 toÂ his front door to find that the screen door had been damaged. When he opened the door further, he saw the personÂ comingÂ from the side of the house toward the front porch, and firedÂ 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 optedÂ to buy theÂ firearm six years earlier. “I just thought it was time to have some security I could afford.”