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Trial Begins for Man Who Fatally Shot Renisha McBride

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Renisha McBride
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The trial for Theodore Wafer, the man who fatally shot Renisha McBride, is underway.

The 55-year-old gunman is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and using a firearm to commit a felony. Jury selection began today. The Detroit News reports that a pool of 200 Wayne County residents have been reserved to be considered for the jury in the case.

On November 2, 2013, an unarmed 19-year-old McBride went looking for help after she crashed her car into a parked vehicle.  That search led her to the home of Wafer, who says he shot her because he “feared for his safety.” Wafer recalls hearing banging on his front door and says he suspected McBride was a burglar. Wafer said he then shot McBride out of self-defense. 

McBride's tragic death has led to comparisons to Trayvon Martin, whose killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter just over a year ago.

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