*Prosecutors on Monday questioned tears shed by the white suburban Detroit man who is accused of killing a black, unarmed teen girl. He told a jury that he regretted shooting her on his porch, but thought she was trying to break into his house.
Theodore Wafer, 55, is accused of killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast to the face through his screen door in Dearborn Heights after she knocked looking for help last November.
McBride had been in a car accident and was intoxicated when she came to Wafer’s door, according to previous testimony.
“It’s so devastating,” he said, breaking into tears. “This poor girl. She had her whole life in front of her. I took that away from her.”
Wafer, an airport maintenance worker who is charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Wearing a gray suit coat and speaking in a low voice, he testified that on the night of the shooting he heard violent knocking on his front and side doors and he feared that someone and possibly more than one person was trying to break in. He said he had left his cell phone in jeans he had removed earlier and could not find it to call 911.
“I knew I had to get my gun,” Wafer said. “I didn’t know where this was going.”
Wafer has told police the shooting was an accident. He said on the stand that he pulled the trigger as a “total reflex reaction” in self-defense when he saw a figure coming fast toward the door.
“I raised the gun and shot,” Wafer said.
In a videotaped police interview played to jurors by the prosecution as part of cross-examination on Monday, Wafer said he did not know the gun was loaded.
But he told jurors earlier that he had loaded the gun in September, after a neighbor told him about having to use a gun to scare off three drug users.
Wafer said he makes $30,000 a year and bought the Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in 2008 because he couldn’t afford home security.
Prosecutors have called Wafer’s actions unjustified and unreasonable, and they said he had other options besides shooting, including calling police.
Prosecutors also questioned the sincerity of his tears on the witness stand.
“Do you remember ever crying within 2 ½ to 3 hours after you shot Renisha McBride?” the prosecutor asked Wafer Monday.
“No, I don’t think so” he responded.
“There was no jury there at the time you were talking to [the Lieutenant] right?” the prosecutor asked, just before an objection against the question was sustained.
The killing of McBride has sparked protests in Dearborn Heights and comparisons to the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager from Florida who was unarmed.
Watch Wafer’s testimony below:
Unedited video, below…