DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A young, drunk woman fatally shot on a man's porch in suburban Detroit was hurt, scared and confused a few hours earlier when she crashed her car into a parked car, a witness testified Wednesday.
Carmen Beasley provided details about the hours preceding the death of Renisha McBride, 19, who was shot in the face by a 54-year-old homeowner in the dark, early morning of Nov. 2.
A Dearborn Heights judge is holding a hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to send Theodore Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge. Defense attorneys claim he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting was not justified.
Beasley said she heard a "boom" outside her Detroit home about 1 a.m. and discovered that her car had been smashed. She called 911, went outside and found McBride, who had walked away but returned to the scene.
McBride was bleeding and pressing her hands to her head, Beasley testified.
"She couldn't find her phone. She was patting her pockets. ... She just kept saying she wanted to get home," Beasley said.
Beasley went back into her house to call an ambulance, but McBride had walked away again by the time help arrived.
McBride was "discombobulated" and appeared to be in a "confused state of not knowing where she was and not being able to give a phone number or anything," Beasley said.
More than three hours later, around 4:30 a.m., McBride was fatally shot by Wafer on his front porch in Dearborn Heights. He called 911 to report that he fired after someone was "banging on my door."
Dr. Kilak Kesha, who conducted the autopsy, testified that McBride was shot in the face at close range. He said her blood-alcohol level was about 0.22, more than twice the legal limit for driving, but that it was probably even higher before she was shot as blood-alcohol levels drop over time. He said she had also been using marijuana.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter focused on alcohol, drugs and a possible head injury from the car crash.
"Could a person get more aggressive after a brain jury?" she asked.
"That's possible," Kesha replied, later saying McBride "absolutely" could have been quiet and withdrawn while drunk.
In the courtroom, McBride's supporters wore shirts bearing her image and the message, "Don't shoot. Call 911." They wish Wafer had called police instead of shooting McBride from inside his home.
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