How the Michigan Porch Shooting case may be defended

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On December 18 a pre-trial hearing was held in the shooting case of Renisha McBride in Detroit. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the second degree murder charge against the defendant, Theodore Wafer, ought to be dismissed or whether there existed sufficient grounds to bind Wafer over for trial.

The judge ruled the matter was to go to trial.

Legal Insurrection previously posted on the Wafer/McBride case here: Analysis: Self-Defense Claim May be Legally Weak in Michigan Porch Shooting. As the title of the piece suggests, the evidence as then available seemed inadequate to support much of a claim of self-defense.

In the course of the pre-trial hearing, however, the defense team called to the stand a crime scene reconstruction and firearms expert witness, David Balash. In the course of his testimony under defense questioning facts began to emerge that seem likely to form the structure of the team’s legal defense.

For the full analysis, check out my post at Legal Insurrection:

How the Michigan Porch Shooting case may be defended

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