Crime Michigan's top court looking at porch shooting trial

18:36  12 october  2017
18:36  12 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Ted Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his second degree murder trial in Detroit. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear the high-profile case of Wafer, who fatally shot Renisha McBride, who banged on his door following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit in 2013. Wafer, who was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison, wants his conviction overturned. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr., File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Ted Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his second degree murder trial in Detroit. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear the high-profile case of Wafer, who fatally shot Renisha McBride, who banged on his door following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit in 2013. Wafer, who was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison, wants his conviction overturned. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr., File)

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(AP) — A high-profile trial about the fatal shooting of a young woman in suburban Detroit is on the docket at the Michigan Supreme Court . Renisha McBride was shot on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013.

The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at the case of Theodore Wafer, who fatally shot an unarmed Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013. The trial judge explained self-defense to jurors but rejected that specific instruction. In an order released Wednesday, the Supreme Court said

Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013.

The issue for the Supreme Court on Thursday is jury instructions. The trial judge explained self-defense to jurors, but Wafer wanted the judge to tell jurors he shot McBride because he believed she was breaking into his house — a key distinction.

McBride was drunk and had crashed her car earlier that night. Wafer says he was awakened by pounding at his door.

The 58-year-old wants his conviction overturned. Wafer was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, Karen Powell, aunt of Renisha McBride, holds a program at the funeral for McBride in Detroit. Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting McBride, who banged on his door of his Dearborn Heights porch following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear the high-profile case of Wafer who wants his conviction overturned. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, Karen Powell, aunt of Renisha McBride, holds a program at the funeral for McBride in Detroit. Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting McBride, who banged on his door of his Dearborn Heights porch following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear the high-profile case of Wafer who wants his conviction overturned. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP, File)

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