Acquaintance of slain woman testifies during murder trial that she 'might have been drinking'


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Theodore Wafer sits in court at his second-degree murder trial in Detroit on Wednesday July 23, 2014. Wafer isaccused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Renisha McBride on the front-porch of his Dearborn Heights, Mich., home.(AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT


DETROIT — An acquaintance of a 19-year-old woman who was shot to death outside a suburban Detroit home said Monday that the tone of her voice during a phone conversation made him believe she had been drinking.

Davonta Bynes testified Monday at the trial of Theodore Wafer, who is charged with second-degree murder. Bynes said he and Renisha McBride texted each other Nov. 1 and eventually spoke by phone. She had agreed to come by his home on Detroit's west side that night.

"I think around that time she might have been drinking. She was slurring," Bynes said, adding that McBride never arrived.

The 55-year-old Wafer says he shot McBride on his porch in in self-defense.

It's not known why McBride ended up at Wafer's home at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2. They didn't know each other. She was drunk and had crashed her car a half-mile away 3 ½ hours earlier.

Prosecutors played a recording last week in Wayne County Circuit Court of Wafer's first encounter with police during which he said he didn't know his shotgun was loaded.

A neighbor of Wafer's, Ray Murad, also testified Monday that he was in his office and heard a "noise" that sounded like trees hitting his parked car. About two minutes later, he heard a gunshot, Murad said.

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