Justice for Renisha: medical examiner called to stand in Ted Wafer trial
Renisha McBride would have needed to consume 10 to 11 shots of vodka in an hour to get her blood-alcohol level to when it was when she lost her life on a Dearborn Heights, Michigan porch.
At least that’s what former Chief Wayne County Medical Examiner Dr. Werner Spitz told jurors during testimony in Theodore Wafer’s trial Wednesday.
But “nobody consumes that kind of drink within one hour,” former Chief Wayne County Medical Examiner Dr. Werner Spitz told jurors, adding that the 19-year-old would have had to drink even more if she was drinking for longer than an hour.
“She would burn off one unit per hour,” he testified.
Spitz was the first witness called by the defense after prosecutors rested in Wafer’s trial being held before Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway. It was the fifth day of testimony in the high-profile case that has garnered national attention.
Spitz and Dr. Kilak Kesha, the Assistant Wayne County Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy on McBride, agreed that McBride’s blood-alcohol level, which a toxicology report shows was 0.218%, would have been higher when she crashed into a parked car just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 2, more than three hours before her death.
Spitz said her blood-alcohol level would have been close to 0.30%, meaning she would have had to consume at least 15 to 16 bottles of beer, or one pint of vodka, to get to that point.
McBride’s friend previously testified that the two were drinking vodka and smoking marijuana hours before her death.
Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of McBride, who was unarmed.
He has claimed self-defense. Kesha, who concluded McBride died from a shotgun wound to the head, testified that she did not see any injuries to her hands. A photo taken at the scene showed her left hand with blood on it. Kesha testified that blood came from somewhere else. Spitz disagreed.
The defense claimed McBride banged on Wafer’s front and side doors repeatedly. they have also accused police of botching the investigation into the shooting, with Cheryl Carpenter questioning the investigator in charge of the case about how the investigation was handled.
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