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    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:47:47 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
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  • Prosecution rests its case in Renisha McBride murder trial

    Prosecution rests its case in Renisha McBride murder trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:46:50 GMT
    The prosecution has rested its case in the Renisha McBride murder trial. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm.
    The prosecution has rested its case in the Renisha McBride murder trial. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm.
  • Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:34:31 GMT
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
DETROIT (AP) -- Jurors in the upcoming trial of a Detroit-area man who shot a young, drunk woman on his porch won't see selfies of the victim with a gun, marijuana and cash, a judge said Monday in another defeat for the defense.
 
Theodore Wafer's attorneys want to show the photos from Renisha McBride's cellphone to demonstrate that she had an aggressive side. But Wayne County Judge Dana Hathaway said there could be a "million reasons" why the 19-year-old posed that way.
 
"There is nothing in the photographs that establishes a reputation for violent or aggressive behavior," Hathaway said.
 
Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights is charged with second-degree murder. He says he shot her in self-defense in response to pounding at his door last November. Trial is set for July 21.
 
In court filings and arguments, Wafer's attorneys have clearly signaled their strategy: He lives alone in a neighborhood on the edge of Detroit and was afraid of what he was hearing about 4:30 a.m.

Cheryl Carpenter has tried to get the judge to allow the defense to use McBride's text messages, which carry a slang reference to marijuana, and the provocative photos, but the judge won't budge. Separately, Hathaway agreed to approve subpoenas to get access to social media sites that the victim may have used.

 "Our defense is blown to pieces if you don't allow me to argue to the jury that she could have been up to no good. ... She could have been running from somebody," Carpenter said.
 
Carpenter acknowledged that questioning McBride's reputation "leaves a bad taste" but "we have to do this."
 
McBride was shot in the face. More than three hours earlier, she crashed her car about a half-mile away in Detroit but walked away before an ambulance arrived. It's not known what she did between the crash and the shooting. She wasn't armed.

Her family believes McBride probably was seeking help at Wafer's house, but the defense says there's no evidence.

"The prosecutor argued she was meek and mild. ... She was violent. She was aggressive. She was pounding," Carpenter said.
 
McBride's aunt, Bernita Spinks, left court at one point because she didn't like Carpenter's argument.
 
"She wasn't a violent person. She wouldn't harm a fly," Spinks said in an interview outside court.
 
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