Witness #1 - Monica McBride Monica McBride is Renisha McBride’s mother. She testified as the first witness in Day 1 of the trial. Monica testified that Renisha who was 19 at the time she was killed…
Prosecution Witnesses (Since 1st Day of Trial)
Witness #1 – Monica McBride
Monica McBride is Renisha McBride’s mother. She testified as the first witness in Day 1 of the trial. Monica testified that Renisha who was 19 at the time she was killed was working at Ford temporary staffing and that she lived with her mother. She also stated that she came home from work on November 1, 2013 around 10:40 p.m. She said her mom (Renisha’s Grandmother) was asleep and Renisha was home at the time. She testified that when she got home Renisha was sitting at the dining room table, charging her phone and watching TV. She “fussed” at Renisha because the dishes were piled up and the house was not neat. She stated that Renisha did not appear intoxicated to her but that she also did not get close enough to Renisha to smell alcohol on her. She said she went upstairs to change her clothes and when she came downstairs, Renisha was gone as was the white Taurus. She said her daughter would drink socially, but she didn’t see evidence that her daughter had been drinking earlier. She said she didn’t make attempts to call her daughter once she saw she was gone because she assumed she had gone to the store and would be right back. The following day (Sunday November 2, 2013) police notified Monica that her daughter was no longer alive.
Witness #2 – Amber Jenkins
Amber Jenkins testified she was Renisha’s best friend. They had been friends since middle school. She doesn’t remember how she and Renisha first communicated on Nov. 1, 2013. Said it could have been a call or a text. Amber stated that at about 4 or 5 p.m. Renisha invited her to come over to her house for cards and dominos. Amber has previously testified at the preliminary hearing that she met up with Renisha at about 6 p.m. and left around 8 or 9 p.m. She also originally stated that she (Amber), her boyfriend and his friend were supposed to go to McBride’s house, but the men decided not to go. Jenkins testified that McBride was going to go to “the spot,” which Jenkins said is the weed house and that Amber did not drink anything prior to arriving at Renisha’s home but she did smoke weed. Jenkins said she started smoking at at about noon or 1 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2013 and was smoking it throughout the day. Amber attested that she hung out with Renisha on Nov. 1, 2013 and that they were playing drinking games. They drank half a bottle of a fifth of New Amsterdam vodka and smoked about three blunts. Amber affirmed Renisha was being uncooperative and wouldn’t play the game how she was supposed to and a disagreement ensued. Amber states that Renisha has always been a sore loser and Amber left. Jenkins stated that she never talked to McBride again that night.
Witness #3 – Carmen Beasley
Carmen Beasley’s husbands car was the one Renisha McBride crashed into that evening. Beasley testified she was at home when she heard someone hit her husband’s car. She said she looked outside and called 911. Beasley stated she saw someone get out of a vehicle and walk toward Warren. When she looked out of her home, she saw a white Taurus. Beasley says she called 911 because she felt it was an emergency situation. In the 911 call, Beasley tells the 911 operator that someone ran into her husband’s car and walked away from the scene. Beasley said that after she saw the person come back toward the car, Beasley got her husband. And stated that the night of the accident, the white vehicle, a Taurus, was partially in her driveway and partially on the sidewalk. Beasley attested that when she came out of her home, she spoke with the woman, later identified as Renisha McBride and that she asked the woman if she was OK. “She said, ‘Yes, I just need to go home.’ Renisha then walked away from the screne for a second time. Beasley stated that McBride attempted to start her car and said she asked her if there was someone she could call. She said Renisha told her she didn’t know where her phone was. Carmen noticed there was blood on Renisha’s right hand because Renisha had her hands on both sides of her head. Carmen stated she was hurt and she should call EMS. Beasley called for an ambulance, while Renisha sat in the driver’s seat of her car. (the airbag in the car had been deployed) This was the second phone call Carmen Beasley made to 911. This time she told the 911 operator that the woman was bleeding and appeared to be drunk and didn’t appear to know where she was. Beasley testified she told McBride an ambulance was on its way, McBride told her she needed to go home and eventually walked away again for a third time.
Witness #4 – Ruben Gonzalez
Ruben Gonzalez is a corporal with the Dearborn Heights Police Department. He testified that he was working road patrol from 6:45 p.m.-6:45 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013. He Stated he received a call from dispatcher at about 4:43 a.m. about a caller who had shot someone, who was lying on a porch. Gonzalez stated he saw a shotgun inside of Ted Wafer’s home. He said he did not see any weapons outside of the home and that Wafer was cooperative. He testified that he was the one to put Ted Wafer in the back of the police car. He did not handcuff him, but Wafer was not free to leave. He was being detained. Gonzalez said he drove Wafer to the police station and turned him over to the detective bureau.
Day 1 of Trial Ends.
Day 2 of Trial Begins.
Witness #5 – Rory McManmon
Rory McManmon is a sergeant with the Dearborn Heights Police Department. McManmon was the first officer on the scene at Wafer’s home after the shooting occurred. McManmon stated he received a police run on Nov. 2 at approximately 4:43 a.m, says it was cold and rainy. He testified that when he pulled up to Wafer’s home that morning and started to approach the house, it appeared the front door was ajar. As he approached, Wafer exited the home through the side door of the home and walked out to the sidewalk. He asked Wafer what happened and where the gun currently was. He is asked about the audio from the police car and he testified that he keeps the microphone in his pocket. The scout car video is mounted on the windshield on the inside of the police vehicle. Video and audio from a police scout car presented. An officer can be heard telling Wafer to “come over here” and ask where the gun is. Wafer tells police that the gun went off. “I didn’t know there was a round in there,” Wafer said. In the video, Wafer can be heard telling police that it looked like the person on his porch was maybe “a neighbor girl.” & you can hear Wafer ask who would be knocking on his door at 4:30 a.m.. He states “Someone trying to get in”. McManmon said police had secured the area so no one could walk into the crime scene but that he doesn’t recall any police tape being put up.
Transcript from the scout car of Sgt Rory McManmon:
Witness #6 – Syphonia Page
Syphonia Page was witness to Renisha McBride crashing her car. At about 1a.m. on November 2nd, 2013, Page testified, she was in her vehicle in her driveway preparing to leave when she saw a white car run into her neighbor’s car and then a tree. She said she saw a woman walking toward an alley. Page says she called 911 because the woman was leaving the scene and not listening to her. In the 911 call, Page said there was an accident “and the guy walked away from the car.” She then can be heard saying: “Are you OK ma’am? You know what, she a young girl and she’s drunk.” Syphonia said she told police the woman had on blue jeans, t-shirt and a jacket. Page testified that the woman said “she just wanted to go home.” and that the woman left the scene of the accident and walked toward Warren and made a left turn. She said the woman was not cussing or being belligerent. Page testified she did not notice any injuries on the woman. She stated she could not remember seeing blood on the side of McBride’s head (she initially stated this to police as it is in the police report) Page said the woman was “disoriented.” And she can’t say whether the woman was drunk. “She was babbling.” Page testified that the woman got something out of her car after the accident, but she doesn’t know what she got.
Witness #7 – Paris Pace
Paris Pace testified that she was sitting in her car outside of her boyfriend’s house, waiting for him to get home from work. She said she saw a white Taurus turn onto Bramell. She said it was driving fast for a residential street. She stated that the vehicle was driving faster than 25 mph. The car swerved and hit the car parallel to her car. She recalled a woman got out of the vehicle. She said she thought the woman was 19 or 20 years old. Pace attested that the woman involved in the accident had gotten out of her car and walked toward Warren. Pace she asked the woman if she was OK and she nodded her head to indicate yes. “She walked back and forth a few times,” Pace testified. She said the last time she saw the woman, she was on the scene. She indicated that there wasn’t anything unusual about the McBride’s walk. “She didn’t look injured.” She stated McBride got in her car on the driver’s side and closed the door. Pace said the woman appeared to be staggering. Defense attorney Mack Carpenter asked Pace to physically demonstrate how the McBride was staggering. People in the courtroom gasped at this request. Pace did not offer Renisha her cell phone, but said she did call police afterward.
After Paris Pace testified she then went home and went on twitter and began discussing the case with several people as she did not like the information that was apparently posted regarding her. She made what seemed to be several racially fueled tweets. She also “favorited” and “retweeted” the following tweets:
When several people voiced concerns about her clear bias she made her profile private then eventually deleted it. It has been implied copies of the tweets were sent to the defense but I have not confirmed.
Witness #8 – Valentine Peppers
Valentine Peppers is a Dearborn Heights 911 dispatcher. On Nov. 1, 2013 going into the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, Peppers said he was dispatching for Dearborn Heights. He is the dispatcher that took Theodore Wafer’s call stating he shot someone. When Theodore Wafer and Valentine Peppers’s got disconnected from the original call. Valentine called Wafer back. There is no recording of the second call. During the initial first call, which was recorded, Wafer can be heard telling the dispatcher (Peppers): “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun banging on my door.” When the dispatcher asks Wafer what city he is in, Wafer can he heard saying, “Thank you.” Peppers said the caller disconnected. Peppers testified that he advised the caller (Theodore Wafer) to leave the gun safely on the floor and talk with the officers arriving at the scene. Peppers stated that calls are prioritized and that a home invasion is a high-priority call.
Witness #9 – Tim Zawacki
Tim Zawacki is a Dearborn Heights police officer. Zawacki said he does basic evidence work for the Dearborn Heights police department. He said he made entry into Theodore Wafer’s home through the side door. A shotgun was on the floor he affirmed. Zawacki was shown photographs on the stand that included shots of:
- Renisha McBride on the front porch of Wafer’s home, on her back with a gunshot wound to her face.
- A shotgun inside of the front door
- Renisha McBride on her back laying on the front porch
- The screen door which has a hole in it
- Theodore Wafer’s Bedroom
- Miscellaneous items in Theodore Wafer’s house
- A bathroom
- A possible gun case for the shotgun,
- An closet door
- A chair with a sleeping bag on it
- A TV
- Living conditions in the house
- The kitchen perspective
- Renisha McBride’s feet, showing a torn boot
Witness #10 – Mark Parrinello
Mark Parrinello is a Dearborn Heights Police Corpal. He testified that he did not take fingerprints at the scene. He also said that Renisha McBride’s driver’s license and $56 were recovered from her. He also said the screen in the door was partially in the track and partially out. The following evidence photos were shown:
- A hooded sweatshirt
- A black shirt
- Jeans with a belt
- A woman’s undergarments
- White socks
- Black boots with a rip in the sole
Parrinello testified that he went to a tow yard, where he recovered a cell phone from Renisha McBride’s car. Photos of Renisha McBride’s vehicle are were shown. One showed extensive damage to the front passenger side of the white Taurus. An image of the interior of the car shows the airbag that deployed from the steering wheel. A possible small blood drop is shown on the driver’s side door. Another was of a view from inside of Renisha McBride’s car, showing the cracked windshield underneath the rear view mirror. Parrinello testified that he swabbed suspected blood spots in Renisha McBride’s car. Parrinello testified that he went to collect the front frame door from Wafer’s home on November 11th, 2013. 9 days after the incident occurred. The screen door was taken off the frame and placed in Wafer’s basement (It’s assumed Wafer at some point had done this himself) Parrinello testified he was able to see through the peep hole. The defense has stated the peephole glass was broken. Parrinello testified he was not at the scene on Nov. 2, 2013. A major factor in the cross examination by defense attorney of Parrinello was in regard to evidence being collected in a timely fashion and the issues that could arise should you wait as long as Dearborn Police did to collect evidence. Parrinello said contamination “could jeopardize a case.” Parrinello said a crime scene would be secured by making sure no one enters into the crime scene and to make a log of whoever does enter the crime scene. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter asked if there was a crime scene log. Parrinello testified that he didn’t do one. Parrinello testified that he had to go take maggots out of McBride’s clothing he testified that this was due to a transfer from deer meat at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. After court was over for the day, a reporter called the medical examiner’s office to inquire about the maggots and deer meet. Mary Mazur, Who is a spokesperson for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, stated: “I have been assured there was no deer meat in the medical examiner’s office that day, The only time we have bodies of animals is when they are brought in retrieve a bullet or something related to a crime and that’s usually like a dog or something.” Mazur said flies can be attracted to any bodily fluid and could have lain eggs on the clothing articles at any point after her death. The mystery of the maggots still remains.
Day 2 of the trial ends.
Day 3 of the trial begins.
Witness #11 – Davonta Bynes
Davonta Bynes was a friend and co-worker of Renisha McBride’s. Bynes testified that he knew Renisha as “Nisha.” He said he talked to McBride on Oct. 31, 2013 and asked her to pick him up. Bynes testified that he and McBride talked by phone as well as texted. Bynes stated that McBride did not pick him up from work. He had plans to see her at Nov. 1. He said he was having a small gathering at his house. At that time last year, he was living on West Warren between Southfield and Evergreen. Texts between Renisha and Davonta were shown in court. In the texts, Bynes asked McBride where she ways. She wrote “East right now.” Bynes said they talked around 10-11 p.m. that evening. He thought she had been drinking because she was slurring. “She sounded like she was having a good time,” Bynes testified. He also stated Renisha had never been to his house before. Bynes testified that McBride asked him what his address was. The text dialogue was as follows:
Bynes: “Im at home”
McBride: “Which is where?”
Bynes: “Faust and West Warren”
Bynes: “Damn u not cummin”
McBride: “ill try”
Bynes: “I really want to see”
He said he never heard from her again after that. Bynes testified that he tried to contact McBride the next day, but she never responded. He also testified when he was texting with Renisha McBride, he didn’t know her last name. During cross examination defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter shows texts (with timestamps) between Bynes and McBride. They are as follows:
November 1st, 2013
Bynes: 6:13 p.m. Texts Renisha and asks where she is.
McBride: 6:14 p.m. -“East right now”
Bynes: 6:16 p.m. – “How long u goin to b that way”
McBride: 6:49 p.m. – “not to long where you gone be”
Bynes: 6:50 p.m. – “I’m at home”
McBride: 6:52 p.m. McBride write “Which is where.?”
Bynes: 6:54 p.m. – “Faust and West warren”
McBride: 7:02 p.m. “U get my “
McBride: 7:41 p.m. – “I wanna see you too”
Bynes: 7:42 p.m. – “Bring that ass to me”
Bynes: 10:12 p.m. – “What happened to u bringing yo ass to me.”
Bynes testified that he had a phone conversation with McBride around 10 p.m. on Nov. 1. He said he was trying to give her directions to his house, he never wound up seeing her. Bynes testified that McBride sounded very drunk. He said she worried someone had slipped something into her drink.
Witness #12 – Ray Murad
Ray Murad lives on West Outer Drive. He testified that the night of November 2nd, 2013 it was rainy and windy. A map of the area of W Outer Drive and Dolphin St. was shown. Murad lived at the corner of Dolphin and W Outer Drive. Murad testified that in the early morning hours of November 2nd, 2013 he was in his home office, which is located in the rear of his house. The office has windows. Murad testified that he heard some noise so first he looked out the window and then he went outside to check on his cars. He said he didn’t see anything outside of his house. Once he went back into his home he heard a gunshot 10 or 15 minutes later. “I was sitting in the office, so it was pretty close to me,” Murad testified. Murad testified that he knows Wafer, who he identified as his neighbor. Murad testified that, from his office, he couldn’t see the front porch of Wafer’s home. He did testify that for two or three minutes prior to the gunshot he did not hear anything.
Witness #13 – Kevin Lucidi
Kevin Lucidi is an employee with the Michigan State Police and is a traffic crash reconstructionist. Lucidi testified he was involved with investigating a traffic crash on Bramell near Warren.That is where McBride struck a parked car. Lucidi testified that he was contacted by Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark on November 11th, 2013. Lucidi testified he visited the scene on November 12th, 2013 and examined the two vehicles involved. On November 14th, 2013 he took measurements at the scene. Lucidi testified that there was a gouge along the curb edge and on sidewalk there was scraping into the driveway, a tree also had fresh damage on it. The range of speed that Renisha McBride’s Taurus was traveling was 31-43 mph, Lucidi testified.
Witness #14 – Wade Higgason
Wade Higgason is a detective and cell phone forensic examiner. He testified that Renisha McBride’s cell was phone damaged. Higgason also testified about going through a phone and getting screen shots of text messages. (Majority which the judge has ruled are inadmissible)
*not sure what the point of this witness was
Witness #15 – Stan Brue
Stan Brue is a special agent with the ATF, and an expert in cell phone records. Brue testified about how they receive information from cell phone companies. He stated the following: Every phone has to communicate with a tower to make a call, it’s done with radio frequency. Based on the parameters of the network determines which cell site that phone will utilize, Brue testified. He helped track where Renisha McBride’s phone had been the evening of November 1st,2013 as well as the early morning of November 2nd, 2013. Brue testified that no calls were made from McBride’s phone from outside the area of her home until approximately 12:35 a.m. on November 2nd, 2013. Brue identified five calls utilizing a cell site near Renisha McBride’s home from 9:42 p.m. through 10:03 p.m on the evening of November 1st, 2013. At 12:35 a.m McBride received an incoming call, It hit on a cell site near the Southfield Freeway. At about 12:56 a.m., McBride was in an accident on Bramell near Warren. He said that at 12:59 a.m.„ McBride received a call. The call had a six-second duration. There was no way to tell if McBride answered that call. At 8:46 a.m. on November 2nd, 2013, McBride’s phone receives an incoming call which interacted with a cell site in the area of the tow yard DPD uses. Brue testified that text messages don’t have cell tower information. He also confirmed he did not call any of the numbers on the call logs. Brue testified that there is a lot of information after the crash, he stated the crash was at 12:56 p.m. There is a six-second incoming call at 12:59 p.m., he said. Brue testified that there is no way to determine whether a conversation took place. At 3:13 a.m. there was an incoming call to McBride’s phone, Brue testified. He said the call was nearly two minutes. Brue testified that based on the raw records, that call was forwarded to voicemail. Brue testified he did not listen to the voicemail left at 3:13 a.m. At 9:49 p.m., McBride made a nearly 5-minute outgoing call to her father, Brue testified.
Witness #16 – Cyndi Maxwell
Cyndi Maxwell is a Dearborn Heights police corporal. She also works within the crime lab. Maxwell testified that she received three latent lifts. A latent lift is a piece of hard plastic to lift off impressions from a surface. Maxwell testified that one lift is an impression. There is no ridge detail, she described it as a smudge. Maxwell said the second latent print is consistent with the size of the last joint of a finger. It could have been made by a finger, she said, but it is very smudged. The third latent print has a cross-hatch type of pattern. Maxwell testified she doesn’t know where from Wafer’s home the print was taken. Reading information that is with the print, Maxwell testified that it says side door right side panel. Maxwell testified that the print does not have ridge detail, which would be seen in a finger or palm print. She also confirms no one asked her to identify the print. Carpenter is asking whether the weather could impact the ability to lift prints. Maxwell testified it could. She also testified that normally police would not wait days to lift. In this case, they waited NINE days.
Witness #17 – Jennifer Rizk
Jennifer Rizk is a Forensic Scientist for the Michigan State Police. Part of her job is analyzing impressions. Rizk testified that she received three print lifts from doors, a screen door insert and a CD with 18 images. Rizk attested that a “questioned” impression is one of unknown origin. In this case, she received three lifts that had a questioned impression. Rizk testified that the first print was a questioned impression and did not have any qualities similar to the screen door. The second lift was also eliminated for having been made by the screen door and the third lift, was also eliminated for having been made by the screen door. In regard to lift #3, Rizk testified that the patterns she saw could have been produced by the screen door insert that was submitted to her. Rizk testified on collection methods for lifting a footwear print.
Witness #18 – Alison Riviera-Papillo
Alison Riviera-Papillo is a Michigan State Police crime lab employee. She specializes body fluid ID and DNA. Riviera-Papillo testified that she received a known blood sample from McBride and swabs with suspected blood.
**again not sure what the point of this witness was
Witness #19 – Heather Vitta
Heather Vitta is a forensic scientist and supervisor in crime lab in biology. She is an employee with Michigan State Police. Vitta testified that she received a known blood sample from McBride, a buccal swab from Wafer and possible blood stains. As per Vitta’s testimony, Blood stains, taken from McBride’s car and Wafer’s home, matched Renisha McBride.
Day 3 of the Trial and Witnesses has Concluded.
Day 4 begins Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 9:00am EST
This list will be updated as new witnesses take the stand.
Witness #20 – James Bivens Jr.
James Bivens Jr. is the chief of the criminal investigation division for Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office
Witness #21- Shawn Kolonich
MSP Det. Sgt. Shawn Kolonich testified as forensic firearms expert.
Witness #22 – Stephen Gurka