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(WJBK) - On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

During opening statements his attorney claimed it was a case of self defense, but now dash cam recordings taken by officers who first arrived to the Dearborn Heights scene seem to muddy the waters. The homeowner told police what happened in the early morning hours of November 2 was basically an accident.

The recordings play a voice said in court to be Wafer's saying, "A consistent knocking on the door and I'm trying to look through the windows but every time I look through the windows and the door, it's banging somewhere else. So I open up the door kind of like, 'Who is this?' and the gun discharged. I didn't know there was a round in there. I don't get it, who's knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang, somebody wanting in."

Wafer went onto say it looked like a neighbor girl or something.

Was Wafer in danger. Should he be fearful for his own life?

While the defense claims the teenager was aggressively banging on the door intimidating the homeowner, witnesses who saw her moments before describe a much different scenario.

They claim McBride, who was partying earlier the night, had gotten into a car crash leaving her disoriented and looking for help.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to hear testimony from witnesses in a report from Fox 2's Taryn Asher

The defense claimed Wafer thought maybe she was trying to break into his home, but pointing to the front door a Dearborn Heights police officer testified there was no evidence of that.

The graphic images of the shotgun, the hole in the screen and her body laying on the porch were very hard for the family of McBride. At one point they had to get up and leave the courtroom.

So far a total of eight witnesses have been called to the stand. Testimony is expected to resume on Monday. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
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