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Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors are returning for their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.
The jury met for about three hours Wednesday after hearing closing remarks from prosecutors and a lawyer for Theodore Wafer. Jurors are returning Thursday to Wayne County court.
The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. He fired his shotgun through a screen door, killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride before dawn on Nov. 2.
Wafer says he felt terrorized after a series of loud poundings at two doors. But prosecutors say he had other options, including a call to police.
Asst. Prosecutor, Patrick Muscat presents closing arguments Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 in the Theodore Wafer case, in Detroit. The case of Waffen, a suburban Detroit homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch, has gone to the jury. Muscat urged jurors to convict Wafer of second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.) (Clarence Tabb Jr/AP)
McBride was drunk and had crashed her car hours earlier about a half-mile away.