Michigan's Self Defense Take Center Stage in Murder Trial

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Michigan's self defense laws are taking center stage in a murder trial in Detroit.

Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights is charged with 2nd degree murder for shooting 19-year-old Renisha Mcbride. The Medical Examiner says she was drunk when she showed up on Wafer's porch last November.

Prosecutors say she had crashed her car into a parked vehicle. At about 4:40 am, Wafer's attorney Cheryl Carpenter says Mcbride began repeatedly banging on his front door. She says he fired his shotgun at her because he was afraid for his life. Carpenter told the jury, "That night, for those possibly two or three minutes, he was reacting and reacting to escalating fear. Breaking of the house. Never had been so scared in his entire life."

Prosecutors say Wafer could have called police instead of firing his gun because Mcbride did not have a weapon.