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Jul 23, 11:52 AM EDT

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

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DETROIT (AP) -- A defense lawyer for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch says he repeatedly heard poundings - "boom, boom, boom" - outside his home before he opened the door and shot her in the face.

Jurors heard opening statements Wednesday in the trial of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last November in Dearborn Heights.

The 55-year-old Wafer claims he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors say his actions were unreasonable. The shooting occurred around 4:30 a.m., 3 1/2 hours after McBride crashed her car about a half-mile away. An autopsy found she was drunk.

Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark says Wafer could have called police instead of shooting McBride.

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter says Wafer feared for his life.

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