Defendant Grilled in Detroit Porch Shooting Trial

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DETROIT (AP) -- A prosecutor is aggressively cross-examining a suburban Detroit man who insists he killed an unarmed 19-year-old woman on his porch in self-defense.

Athina Siringas asked Theodore Wafer on Tuesday if his strategy was "shoot first, ask questions later."

The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride. Wafer testified Monday that he believed someone was trying to break into his Dearborn Heights home at around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.

He says he fired a shotgun through a screen door because he feared for his safety. Wafer says the pounding at his door was "unbelievable."

Prosecutors say Wafer could have stayed safely behind his locked doors and called 911 instead of confronting McBride.

She was drunk and had crashed her car about 3 1/2 hours earlier.