Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of Theodore Wafer, 55, a Dearborn Heights, Mi., homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride, 19, last year, the Detroit News reports. The case has grabbed national headlines drawing comparisons to the racially charged Trayvon Martin case in Florida. A jury pool of 200 residents has been called for the case, which, like the Martin case, involves a white shooter and a black victim. Wafer, an airport maintenance worker, is accused of shooting McBride in the face with a shotgun as she knocked on his front door in the early morning on Nov. 2 after a car accident.
Wafer's lawyers said he believed McBride was an intruder. Under Michigan law, a person can use deadly force if the individual “has an honest and reasonable belief that imminent death” or any other kind of assault resulting in great bodily harm will occur. Wayne State University law Prof. Peter Henning, a former prosecutor, says the Wafer case is “classic self-defense.” At issue is whether Wafer felt he was being threatened and whether it was reasonable under the circumstances. “The problem in this case is that you have a grand total of one person still alive who was there,” said Henning. “This comes down to how far away from the door was she when she was shot.”