Top court re­views porch shoot­ing trial

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LaNS­iNG, Mich. — the Michi­gan Supreme court has heard ar­gu­ments over crit­i­cal jury in­struc­tions in the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion of a man who fa­tally shot a young wo­man on his porch.

ted Wafer was con­victed in the death of 19-yearold ren­isha Mcbride in dear­born Heights in 2013.

Jury in­struc­tions were the is­sue thurs­day for the Supreme court.

the trial judge ex­plained self-de­fence to ju­rors, but Wafer wanted her to tell ju­rors that he shot Mcbride be­cause he be­lieved she was break­ing into his house — a key dis­tinc­tion.

Mcbride was drunk and had crashed her car hours ear­lier. Wafer says he was awak­ened by pound­ing on his door.

Pros­e­cu­tors say there was no ev­i­dence that Mcbride was in the process of break­ing into the home.

Wafer is serv­ing a sen­tence of 17 years.

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