040314 McBride CaseOf course Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man who fatally shot Renisha McBride through his screen door on his front porch last November, won’t be the only one on trial this summer. McBride will be also.

According to court filings reviewed by The Associated Press, Wafer plans an aggressive defense to his second-degree murder charge. His attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, says suggestions that McBride was on Wafer’s porch simply to seek help after her car crash are “fiction” and “utterly erroneous.”

“Ms. McBride could have thought she was breaking into her marijuana supplier’s house,” Carpenter claims.

Carpenter requests that jurors see photos from McBride’s phone that show her with wads of cash, alcohol, weed, and possibly a gun. The defense attorney says McBride’s texts, photos, school records, and prior run-in with the law are relevant to “whether [she] had a character trait for aggression.”

Wafer’s attorneys also want to move the trial out of Wayne County because of publicity. And they’re asking Judge Qiana Lillard to pass the case to another judge because she is Facebook friends with the prosecutors in the case, and they are on her campaign committee for the fall election.

“The risk that Judge Lillard would subconsciously use personal and/or political relationships with the prosecution to Mr. Wafer’s detriment is simply too great here,” Carpenter says.

A hearing on pre-trial motions is set for tomorrow. Trial is set for June.



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