Ted Wafer-Renisha McBride Live Stream Report

Yahtzee has been watching the hearing and reporting on in at.  https://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/mark-omara-addresses-florida-bar-complaint/

This thread picks up at about 2:30 p.m.

The live stream is at:

http://www.freep.com/article/20131218/NEWS02/131218002/Watch-live-Theodore-Wafer-court-porch-shooting-death-Renisha-McBride

Thank you, Yahtzee, for your commitment and work keeping us informed.

UPDATED:

Videos of hearing, courtesy of croakerqueen123.

 

Posted on 12/18/2013, in Cases, Renisha McBride and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 132 Comments.

  1. I am here now
    Witness: Inv. and firearms unit—Shaun Kolinich

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  2. I just got the video up — will stay here with you. Thank you again.

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  3. 13 metal fragments
    spent shot shell

    3pieces of plastic consistent with being components of cartridge

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  4. buckshot requires fewer pellets in cartridge than birdshot

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    • inside unspent shotshell designed to have 27 pellets

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      • buffer powder fills in extra space as does plastic sleeves and cup holds buffer which hold pellets and everything including in cartridge

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        • buffer, wadding, and pellets go out when shotgun fired

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        • Shooter would then have to slide again to load chamber after each shot

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        • Shot cup containing pellets + plastic disc which holds powder all go out in firing

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        • Average—all spreads out one inch for every yard from barrel affected by weather, powder charge, length of barrel when fired

          He hasn’t tested for this with this gun to see if it fit this one inch for every yard

          13 metalic fragments consistent with being lead

          19.8 grains for weight of one unused pellet—he took on evidence metal fragment weighed was 19 grains because of damage

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  5. Shotgun pellets were found in Renisha’s brain.

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  6. Pistol grip doesn’t change force only your ability to manage force

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  7. Shotgun could not go off unless trigger was pulled.

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  8. 🙂 I can tell that you are writing notes on one of your computer document pages, Xena

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  9. 5 minute court Recess

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  10. watching now.

    why does this seem so much less circus like than florida?

    yeah, it’s a rhetorical question.

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    • Faux, good observation. IMO, there is respect for the court, the victim, and the sense of giving Wafer due process. Remember, O’Mara and West did not believe that Zimmerman should have been arrested so they never respected “due process” and turned proceedings into a circus.

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      • x2

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      • yup … all song and dance, dog and pony show and the court allowed such.

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        • Yep, like the speaking objections by the defense. Judge Nelson was consistently telling West and O’Mara to not make speaking objections and finally she allowed them to approach the bench. Some judges would not have allowed speaking objections at all. They would have required that objections fall within the rules.

          Remember when Don West objected to his own objection?

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  11. I received an important phone call that I had to take and missed the last 10 minutes. 😦 Thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Yahtzee.

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  12. Sounds as if the defense is going for elimination of murder charge to maybe manslaughter only, because they’re going down the path of saying it was an accident.

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  13. Sassy defense lady!

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  14. This is a long hearing.

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  15. Going to refrigerator to graze

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  16. The defense seems to want to use him for reconstruction

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  17. Exhibit #53- shotgun

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    • Mossburg 500A model 12 gauge shotgun pistol handle

      He test fired it on the 12th of DEC

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      • Without a choke the pellets immediately start spreading upon exiting weapon and spreading dramatically

        This did not have a choke

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      • The cartridge he opened had 29 pellets even though manufacturer says cartridge holds 27

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      • Defendant’s Exhibit #1 screen door

        #2 screen itself
        #3 frame

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      • His opinion is that the screen was in the door frame

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      • According to defense expert

        Hole in screen 67 inches from floor if screen up in door

        If shooter is on the inside not up on 5″ step then the hole too high to hit Renisha unless he shot down from high over his head IF screen was in the frame

        Not so if the screen is out of the door frame and down lower

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  18. This was an exceptionally close range shot ….wadding does not fly very accurately for very far…..so much wadding in wound

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  19. You know, I can’t help but feel right now that some gun owners need to realize that guns are not toys. When they pull the trigger, they can’t bring the bullet back and bullets kill.

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    • I so agree with you, Xena!

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    • and then there are some of us who were brought up knowing this. you all know that i grew up around them because of the cattle ranch my family owned and operated. beyond that, my instructor was my dad — a retired special federal ageint (with gun and badge) and army sharpshooter/MP. i was taught well from the beginning.

      my dad was so strict about gun handling that as children, my brother and i were not allowed to even point cap guns at each other or any other living being. made childhood games somewhat dull, but the concept STUCK like GLUE! message being — guns are not toys. it got through, loud and clear.

      most of the kids i grew up with were brought up the same and no one ever considered solving problems with guns, even in my hick town. while i will not advocate for more guns, i certainly wish people who choose to own them had the training i had.

      your point is so very valid xena, i think i echoed the sentiment and added my own experience.

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  20. Did they just recess?

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    • 5 minute recess

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      • They’re back now.

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      • Defendant’s Exhibits 4 thru 7 —- paper targets

        #4 –

        #5

        #6

        #7 – test utilizing shotgun in evidence (paper target) 4 gauge shows resulting 2 3/4″ to 3″hole– done at 3feet – damage caused by buffering material

        According to defense expert, Decedent would have been no farther than 2 feet muzzle to target (could be closer)

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        • Safety test…..gun would not go off with safety on

          No need to do drop test

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          • He found, from testing, this shotgun will hold 5 lbs and fire at 5 and a quarter lbs

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          • at perpendicular

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          • ?

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          • Do you have any idea of what held the screen in place
            Answer: No

            Does not know what position Renisha was in when shot

            Does not know specifically where defendant was standing

            Does not have any idea of how he held it

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          • If you get much over 10 feet away the wads won’t penetrate (think I wrote this correctly)

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          • He has a retainer $3,500 doesn’t know how much he has earned

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          • No indication by ME that there were any exit wounds

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          • Gas pressure and pellets caused damage to skin

            Gas caused ripping

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          • Blow back

            When close to source of shot , you get blow back

            Ohhhh 😦

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          • If victim was down and looking up, it would have that angle as reported

            Screen is mostly air…..therefore not so much damage

            Is asked why tear in screen is not from gun being angled downward?
            Evasive answer I think….he goes back to the wound and disagrees
            Simply his opinion, has not shot through a screen

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  21. Xenaj& Yahtzee, I got back a few minutes ago and have been able to watch just a small amount so far, so again I must thank you guys for doing the narration for us that have missed so much… I will comment on what I suspect this alleged expert is going to say about the pattern of the gunshot, especially seeing that he has brought in his target’s… They will not give a real idea of the pattern because they are flat and the face that they hit was not, nor can the paper allow for any side to side or up or down movement as the shot hit… IMO
    if you hit a round object the distance between the shot will be larger if measured between the shot (projectile) than they would be if the object was flat…

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    • Hi crazy1946

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      • Yahtzee, Darn I wish that it could have been possible for me to have been here during the whole hearing today… But at least I am able to know what occurred due to your hard work… You’re the greatest to have given up your day for the rest of us… Thank You…
        IMO this witness was not as good as the defense had hoped… And on top of that where was this prosecutor during Trayvons trial, we could have used her then instead of Mz. Corley (spelling?)! I don’t think this witness will help remove the 2nd degree murder charge at all, actually with his statement that the shotgun barrel would have had to be against the screen it rules out accidental discharge… Or in other words manslaughter…

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        • You are so kind, crazy1946…thank you for your nice words.

          I imagined at this late hour, you have seen Xena’s posting of the tapes of today’s hearing.

          Yes, I agree with you about this witness…..tried to reconstruct without knowing some key info…..on of which was the positions of Renisha and McBride.

          Also, made a lot of conclusions about the gunshot and screen door, yet never tested the shotgun with a screen …only tested it with paper targets.

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  22. Oh-oh. Hen fight. 🙂

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  23. Damn expert, talk about what was used — not other cartridges.

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    • Did you say ‘Damn’ , Xena? Hee hee

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      • I sure did, and it wasn’t an “oops” moment either. The defense’s expert witness isn’t really saying much of anything. Let’s do like him …
        Maybe Wafer stooped and shot. Maybe Renisha was on her knees. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

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  24. Defense’s expert is of opinion that Renisha was not shot at an angle but that shot was straight.

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  25. Judge asks

    Did you go to scene?
    Yes just from outside

    Did you take into any doormats, heels of her shoes?
    Would not

    Did not shoot with that shotgun through screen

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    • Expert thinks shotgun was one inch from screen…..not based on test shooting through screen ….only tested paper targets

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      • Witness excused
        David Balash–Crime scene deconstructionist

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        • Court reconvenes at 9am tomorrow

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        • Yahtzee,

          “David Balash–Crime scene deconstructionist”

          It’s amazing that this man considers himself a better ME than the one that did the autopsy.. all that without a medical degree… Hmmm, did he learn all that at the doughnut shop across from the station house? It would seem that he would have contained his testimony to things that he was qualified to know, but what the heck, he got paid to say something, right… IMO, I don’t think the judge was overly impressed with this witness…

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          • i sure found his education to be out of date and credibility to be lacking. a hired gun who will say what ever is necessary to cash a check. honestly, to think he could testify as an expert in forensic pathology is absurd, he’s a retired police officer.

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  26. Adjourning until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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  27. Yahtzee, thanks again for putting in a full-day’s work reporting on this case. Those who didn’t get a chance to watch it live should find your input valuable. I can’t thank you enough.

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  28. Ted Wafer’s house @ 6 blocks from location of Renisha’s car accident.

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  29. Of course wafer is claiming self defense. Wafer started the conflict and committed the ONLY act of violence. Let the criminal justice system be just this time.

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  30. I am trying to think what the defense is up to.

    The defense attorney seemed to be establishing that if it was dark, Ted Wafer could not see the red dot indication that showed whether or not the safety of the shotgun was on or not.

    Will they attempt to say that the defendant shot Renisha accidentally?

    To counter this prosecutor came back asked the witness if shotgun owners could feel the position the safety was in.

    The defense seemed to focus on the fact that the door’s peep hole was broken.

    Will that be to explain why Ted Wafer didn’t just look out the peephole to discover that the person knocking was a harmless young lady seeking help? That he had to open the door to see who was knocking.

    Will the prosecution come back and say, “If you need a shotgun to go to the door, why open the door?”

    The defense’s expert witnesses really came to conclusions without knowing the positions of Ted Wafer.

    The prosecution established that Renisha was calm and non-threatening at the car accident scene…..just confused and dazed. No doubt she was this way at Wafer’s house.

    Why didn’t the police measure the distance from the front door to where Renisha’s feet were?

    Why didn’t the police take the screen door the first night? Especially when the police officer saw the hole in the screen and what he thought was human tissue on the screen and its frame. The police did not retrieve the screen door until days later…..from the basement where Wafer had put it.

    No swabbing or dusting for fingerprints on the doorbell button (which was not working) and none on the door.

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    • That is no swabbing or dusting the night of the shooting.

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    • Yahtzee, you’ve given an excellent summary.

      How the heck is a peep hole broken? Idk. Just seems odd. Maybe that is why Wafer appears very nervous. Or, as Judge Judy says, “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not the truth.”

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  31. Xena, Thanks for posting the link to yesterdays hearing… I have watched it at this point and have a couple of comments.

    The defense seemed to want to indicate the possibility the victim could have been in the house prior to the shooting, but the prosecution said no finger prints found….

    There were no finger prints found on the shot casing, curious why that would have mattered unless the defense wanted to open the door to the victim loading the shotgun..

    It seemed as if the defense would like to suggest the screen door was open when victim was shot, it was not brought out by prosecutor that it could not have been due to location of body as shown by photo, it would have been impossible to make fatal shot from that angle….

    Much was said about the tearing of the screen, but not one of the experts (shame on them) realized the barrel of the shotgun made the tear from pressure put against the recoil by the shooter, when the shotgun trigger was pulled the gun recoiled backward but the shooter was applying pressure to force it forward and down away from himself. When the recoil stopped the gun moved forward and downward hitting and tearing the screen… that is why there was not residue on that part of the screen…

    Have more but those are IMO the important points that were some what muddled thru yesterday….

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  32. Keep writing your analyses, crazy1946.

    You have good insight!

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  33. wellp, Yhatzee, thank you very much, i wont have to watch the hearing myself since you narrated everything!

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