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Detroit Front-Porch Shooter Gets 17 to 32 Year Sentence

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00am 9/10/2014 at 7:00am

Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man convicted of second degree murder for the shogun killing of a very drunk Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013, has been sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison, according to a report by the Indiana Gazette.

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Detroit Porch Shooting: Defendant’s claim of “Accident” cost him “Self-Defense”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00pm 8/26/2014 at 6:00pm

One of the key messages I hit in my Law of Self Defense Seminars is that the use of force can only very rarely be both an “accident” AND “self-defense.”

Self-defense is an inherently deliberate act.  You perceived a threat, you responded with force against that threat. Deliberate.

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GUILTY: Verdict in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:53pm 8/7/2014 at 2:53pm

The jury has returned a verdict of guilty of second degree murder/voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges in the trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.  Trial Judge Hathaway has ordered Wafer imprisoned immediately,...

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Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial: Closing Arguments, Jury Deliberations

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:53pm 8/6/2014 at 2:53pm

UPDATE: I’ve come across video of Wafer’s direct testimony under questioning by defense counsel Cheryl Carpenter. Here you go:

Today saw the closing arguments of the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer in the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours of November...

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Defense Rests in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial, Closings Wednesday

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00pm 8/5/2014 at 6:00pm

Welcome back to the eighth day of the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

Theodore Wafer Back on Cross-Examination

Wafer was back on cross-examination today, having taken the stand in his own...

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Homeowner Takes the Stand in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:37pm 8/4/2014 at 6:37pm

Court room testimony took a dramatic turn today in the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride when Wafer took the stand to testify in his own behalf.

Direct questioning was conduced by lead defense counsel Cheryl Carpenter.  (As usual for this trial...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: What you need to know heading into Week 3

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 6:15pm 8/3/2014 at 6:15pm

Tomorrow marks the start of the third week of the second degree murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.  This past week saw the milestone of the prosecution resting and...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: Day 6 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 5:20pm 7/31/2014 at 5:20pm

Well today continued to be a bad, bad day for the Prosecution in the Detroit trial of Theodore Wafer, charged with second degree murder for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.  The prosecution team seems to completely lose...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 6 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:20pm 7/31/2014 at 1:20pm

Welcome, all to the morning of the 6th day of the Michigan front porch shooting case, in which homeowner Theodore Wafer is up on second degree murder charges for the shooting death of an extraordinarily intoxicated and likely concussed Renisha McBride on his front porch ~4:00 AM on November 2, 2013.

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: Day 5 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:20pm 7/30/2014 at 9:20pm

So we find ourselves at the end-of-day wrap-up for day 5 of the murder trial of Theodor Wafer for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his Detroit front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.  This afternoon the State would rest with its final witness, Medical Examiner...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: Day 5 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 1:50pm 7/30/2014 at 1:50pm

We’re back for day 5 of the second degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013. As has been the case since mid-day of day 1, Judge Hathaway still refuses the trial to...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: Day 4 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:00pm 7/29/2014 at 7:00pm

Well, things finally got engaging in the second degree murder trial of Theodor Wafer, charged with unlawfully killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Detroit front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

Of key importance was the playing in court–but outside the hearing of the jury–of audio recovered from...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 4 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:20pm 7/29/2014 at 1:20pm

We;re back with day 4 of the second degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on Wafer’s Detroit front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

The day started, as has become customary, with Wafer’s defense counsel Cheryl Carpenter asking Judge Dana Hathaway...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:10pm 7/28/2014 at 6:10pm

Today continues with the third day of the murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the Detroit front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride.  We covered this morning’s testimony here:

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

Witnesses this afternoon included:

  • Cyndi Maxwell, Dearborn Police Corporal,...
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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:50pm 7/28/2014 at 1:50pm

Today continues with the third day of the murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the Detroit front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride.  We covered days two and one here (presented in reverse chronological order):

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:17pm 7/24/2014 at 5:17pm

This afternoon saw testimony from two additional Dearborn Heights law enforcement officers,  Tim Zawacki and Mark Parrinello.

Highlights of this afternoon’s events included a request by the Prosecution for sanctions against the defense for a mention earlier this morning of general crime in the Wafer neighborhood.  A pretrial ruling excludes such generalized...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:48pm 7/24/2014 at 12:48pm

The State’s case against Wafer proceeded through several more witnesses today, including additional officers on scene as well as dash-cam video from a “Scout” patrol car, witnesses to McBride’s single-vehicle car crash some hours before the shooting, and the 911 dispatcher who took Wafer’s call.

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