Jury Selection Begins in Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman

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Hey folks, Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer, as reported in the Detroit Free Press. Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old black woman, on his front porch. Wafer is claiming self-defense.

The most recent news in the Wafer case was the June 27 denial by trial judge Dana Margaret Hathaway of defense requests to have McBride's cell phone texts and a map illustrating local crime incidents admitted into evidence (Judge Bars Cellphone Texts, Crime Map From Evidence in Renisha McBride Case).

The cell phone texts suggested that McBride, the victim in the shooting, might have been engaged in the dealing of marijuana the night she was shot.  Such evidence could potentially be relevant in this self-defense case if it suggested a potential for violence on the part of McBride, but the judge ruled that it failed to do so.

For the whole story, see my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Jury Selection Begins in Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman