Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

Hey folks,

I had been told by that by order of trial judge Dana Hathaway there is no live streaming of the second degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer, the Detroit man who shot and killed Renisha McBride, a young black woman who was on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 15, 2013.

Later I was informed that live streaming WAS available, but first the connection was so bad it was worthless, and then later the media apparently inadvertently showed a jury, so the stream was shut down. Day after video now appears to be available on Youtube, which is sadly not very timely for analysis. Ah well.

In any case, the defense claims that Wafer reasonably used deadly force in the belief that someone was attempting to violently enter his home. The state argues that Wafer unreasonably created the circumstances in which an innocent person was killed.

The lack of live streaming makes independent analysis difficult, to say the least, but there are at least two local reporters and a photographer live tweeting from within the court room, and we share their tweets below. The reporters are Gina Damron (@ginadamron) and Elisha Anderson (@elishaanderson), and the photographer Mandi Wright (@DetroitMandi), all with the Detroit Free Press.

For the whole mid-day wrap-up of day 1 of the Wafer trial, head over to Legal Insurrection:

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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