A jury has been selected in the murder trial of Theodore Wafer, the Dearborn Heights, Mich., homeowner charged in the shooting death of a drunk but unarmed teen Renisha McBride as she sought help after a car accident.
A jury of seven men and seven women — four black (two men and two women) — was seated after nearly 70 potential jurors were questioned on Monday and Tuesday.
Renisha McBride’s aunt had expressed concern that too many black women were being dismissed from the jury. This comes as defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter wasn’t happy that the prosecution dismissed several jurors who were gun advocates.
Opening statements in the Renisha McBride murder case will start on Wednesday.
There are parallels to the Trayvon Martin murder case, as the defense sought to introduce information about Renisha McBride holding what appears to be a gun, having wads of money and marijuana. The judge did not allow that to come into evidence. You will recall, Trayvon Martin was on trial even though George Zimmerman was the one who pulled the trigger.