Next to a case being closely watched this evening across the country. A Michigan man, a homeowner, an trial for killing an unarmed teenager who showed up on his front porch in the middle of the night... See More
Next to a case being closely watched this evening across the country. A Michigan man, a homeowner, an trial for killing an unarmed teenager who showed up on his front porch in the middle of the night looking for help. He feared otherwise. This is the front door in a typical American neighborhood where it all played out. Tonight that homeowner, emotional in court, explaining himself. ABC's Ryan smith tonight with the images from the courtroom. So devastating. This poor girl, she had her whole life in front of her. I took that from her. Reporter: 55-year-old Theodore wafer wiping tears from his eyes as he testified in his own defense about shooting and killing 19-year-old renisha Mcbride on the porch of his suburban Detroit home in November of last year. Why did you pull it? Total reflex reaction, defending myself. Reporter: Prosecutors have charged wafer with second-degree murder in Mcbride's death, saying wafer shot her in the face through a closed and locked door after, witnesses say, she was disoriented following a car crash a mile from wafer's home. Wafer has pled not guilty. The racially charged case case for some drawing similarities with the trayvon martin case, a white defendant shooting an unarmed, black victim. I wasn't going to cower in my house. I didn't want to be a victim. Reporter: Prosecutors fired back. Do you remember ever crying within two and a half to three hours after you shot renisha Mcbride? No, I don't think so. You didn't country, right? I don't think I did. There's no jury there at the time you were talking to the lieutenant -- Objen, argument, your honor. Reporter: Will the jury believe him? If convicted, wafer could face life in prison. Around the world and to the
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