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DETROIT - His own words, told to police moments after he shot a 19-year-old woman on his Dearborn Heights porch, suggest Theodore Wafer may not have intended to fire his gun the night Renisha McBride was killed.
Prosecutors played his comments in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday during the second day of testimony in Wafer's trial.
"I open up the door, kind of like, 'Who is this?' and the gun discharged," Wafer told police. "I didn't know there was a round in there."
Meanwhile, the defense, which has said that 55-year-old Wafer shot McBride in self-defense, questioned Dearborn Heights police about how they investigated the young woman's death, saying "it was incomplete and inadequate and evidence was lost."
During questioning by Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer's attorney, an officer said the doors on Wafer's home were dusted for fingerprints on Nov. 11. McBride was shot more than a week earlier, around 4:40 a.m. Nov. 2.
Police gave a time line for parts of their investigation Thursday and said they took pictures at Wafer's home the night of McBride's death and took more Nov. 7.
Police recovered McBride's cellphone from a car at a tow yard Nov. 4. The car was there because, hours before she was shot, McBride had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana and crashed into a parked car, according to earlier testimony.
Authorities returned to the tow yard Nov. 5 to photograph the car and returned again Nov. 7 to collect blood samples, Dearborn Heights police Cpl. Mark Parrinello testified.
He acknowledged under cross-examination that it would be "wise" to collect evidence as soon as an incident occurred, and that it's possible to lose evidence if it's not collected quickly and efficiently.
"It is part of the defense theory of the case that this wasn't a good investigation," Carpenter said.
Earlier in the day, jurors saw photographs from the scene, including the torn screen door, shotgun on the floor near the front door, a spent shotgun shell casing, gun case and McBride with blood.
Several of her relatives left the courtroom when the pictures played on a large screen.
As testimony started Thursday, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark played for the jury audio from a microphone worn by a responding officer.
"Where's the gun?" an officer asked. Wafer replied, "It's on the ground inside the landing right there."
Then police asked Wafer what happened.
"A consistent knocking on the door, and I'm trying to look through the windows, but every time I look through the windows and the door, it's banging somewhere else, so I open up the door, kind of like, 'Who is this?' and the gun discharged," he said, according to the transcript shown to jurors.
He went on to say, "I don't get it. Who's knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang. Somebody wanting in."
Wafer faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and using a firearm in a felony.
The defense has said Wafer's actions were justified. But, prosecutors contend Wafer created a situation where death or great bodily harm was likely to occur and that his actions were "unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable."
Testimony will continue Monday before Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway in in Detroit.
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