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Jul 23, 2014 8:42 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Opening statements set in porch shooting trial

DETROIT (AP) - After two days of jury selection, opening statements are set for today in the trial of a Detroit-area man who opened his front door and shot an unarmed woman, killing her.

Theodore Wafer, an airport employee with no criminal record, is charged with second-degree murder. Wafer says he heard pounding at the door and fired his shotgun in self-defense in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last November.

McBride was drunk and had crashed her car a half-mile away, 3 ½ hours before the shooting.

Prospective jurors were asked their views on race. The victim was black, while Wafer is white.

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