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Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun

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DETROIT -- A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.

Prosecutors on the second day of trial Thursday played a recording of Theodore Wafer's remarks to officers made immediately after they arrived at his Dearborn Heights home last Nov. 2.

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Wafer told police that when he opened the door he didn't recognize the woman, and that he didn't know the gun he fired was loaded.

The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He claims it was an act of self-defense.

McBride was shot in the face while on Wafer's porch around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. They didn't know each other.

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