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Black teen scared, disoriented before being shot dead by white homeowner
The Detroit teenager shot dead after she knocked on a man’s door for help in the early hours of the morning last November was scared and disoriented after crashing her car, said one of the last people who saw her alive.
Black teenager Renisha McBride was killed around 4.30am on November 2 by white homeowner Theodore Wafer, 54, who shot her through the screen door of his home in Dearborn Heights.
One of the last people to see McBride before she her death was Carmen Beasley, who told a Detroit courtroom on Wednesday that said she heard a loud bang outside her suburban home three-and-a-half hours earlier.
Beasley said McBride appeared drunk, confused and was staggering and didn’t know her home phone number when she asked for it, reports ABC News.
McBride walked away from the scene several times, according to Beasley, and disappeared before an ambulance arrived.
Theodore Wafer, the man accused of killing McBride had earlier told the court that he heard her ‘boom, boom, boom’ at least four separate times before he opened the door and shot her in the face.
The pounding caused Wafer to fear for his life, his defense lawyer argued, and made his use of force justifiable under Michigan self-defense law.
Wafer claims he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors say his actions were unreasonable.
An autopsy found she was drunk and had marijuana in her system.
McBride’s pounding on the door at such an early hour led Wafer to think his life was in danger, defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter told jurors.
‘”People were trying to get in.” That was reasonable for Ted to believe and that’s what he believed that night,” Carpenter said, according to the Detroit Free Press. ‘Why? He doesn’t have a clue.’
Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark says Wafer could have called police instead of shooting McBride.