Witness Describes Car Crash Before Renisha McBride Was Shot

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A photo of McBride’s legs taken by police showed her left foot had broken through the sole of her boot.

Detective Sgt. Steve Gurka said Wafer’s Mossberg shotgun was found inside near the front door with the spent shell still inside the firearm. A gun case was found on the floor in another area of the house.

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 probably was even higher before she was shot, as levels drop over time. He said she had 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 injury?” 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“That’s possible,” Kesha replied, later saying McBride “absolutely” could have been quiet and withdrawn while drunk.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.

(AP Photo: Walter Ray Simmons, father of Renisha McBride, listens to testimony at Theodore Wafer’s preliminary examination before District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.)

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