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Jury finds Ted Wafer guilty of second-degree murder in porch shooting

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Theodore Wafer as guilty verdicts on all three counts were read. Theodore Wafer as guilty verdicts on all three counts were read.
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DETROIT (WJBK) - Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride, an unarmed woman on his porch.

The jury has spoken and found Ted Wafer guilty of second-degree murder.

The verdict was read on the following counts:

Count 1 -- Guilty of second-degree murder
Count 2 - Guilty of Statuary Manslaughter
Count 3 - Guilty of Felony Firearm

A sentencing date is now set for August 25, 2014. Wafer could be sentenced to life in prison.

The judge did not allow the reading of the verdict to be streamed live online or to be shown live on television.

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The jury met for about three hours Wednesday after hearing closing remarks from prosecutors and a lawyer for Theodore Wafer. Jurors returned Thursday to Wayne County court behind closed doors for about five hours before reaching a decision.

The 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man has admitted to shooting and killing 19 year-old McBride in November of last year. Wafer says he pulled the trigger in self-defense after the she pounded on his door.

The defense attorney had asked jurors to imagine themselves in Wafer's situation, awakened in the middle of the night. But prosecutors argued that is no reason to shoot someone and that Wafer had other options, including a call to police.

McBride was drunk and had crashed her car hours earlier about a half-mile away.
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