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Jury Rejects Self Defense In Porch Shooting Death

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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been ordered to jail to await his sentence after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed woman on his porch.

The jury on Thursday rejected Theodore Wafer’s claim of self-defense, and the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man faces up to life in prison when he returns to court on Aug. 25.

The family of Renisha McBride hailed the verdict. Her father, Walter Simmons, called Wafer a “cold-blooded killer.”

Wafer says he shot the 19-year-old McBride in response to severe pounding outside his home at 4:30 a.m. last Nov. 2. Prosecutors said the better choice would have been for him to call police.

The judge revoked Wafer’s bond and ordered him to jail over the objections of his defense attorney.

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