"Porch shooting" trial begins

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POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:09pm

Attorneys deliver opening statements in trial of Detroit man who claimed self defense after shooting car accident victim knocking on his door. Chris Clackum reports.

(NBC News) The trial of a Michigan man charged with fatally shooting an unarmed teenager on his front porch as she sought help after a car crash is underway in Detroit.

55-year-old Theodore Wafer, charged with second-degree murder, claims he feared for his life when he shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

In opening statements Wednesday prosecutors said McBride went knocking on Wafer's house after wrecking her car in the wee hours of the morning, and even though tests after her death showed her blood alcohol well above the legal limit, Wafer overreacted.

His attorney argued Wafer panicked, thinking intruders were trying to break in after alternating bangs on the front door, then a side door.

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