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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Detroit-Area Man Convicted of Murdering Woman Who Banged on His Door"

From The New York Times:

Mr. Wafer, an airport maintenance worker who lived alone, claimed self-defense in the shooting, testifying that he was awakened about 4:30 a.m. by violent pounding on his front and side doors. He panicked, he said, and within minutes scrambled for his shotgun, believing that someone was attempting to break into his home, a small bungalow in Dearborn Heights, just across the city line from Detroit.

But after less than two days of deliberations, the jury appeared to agree with the prosecution that Mr. Wafer had acted recklessly, killing Ms. McBride with a single shotgun blast through his locked screen door rather than calling the police and seeking help.

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