DETROIT — It was windy and raining when Theodore Wafer's neighbor heard a sound like a tree hitting his car early on Nov. 2.
Ray Murad went outside his Dearborn Heights home to check, came back inside and about 10-15 minutes later, he heard a gunshot, he testified.
"I didn't see anything," he said. "I went outside, but not all the way to the street."
Minutes later, police arrived and began investigating the death of Renisha McBride. Wafer, 55, shot her on his porch around 4:40 a.m. and is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and using a firearm in a felony in the death of the unarmed 19-year-old.
Defense attorneys contend he shot in self-defense and his actions were justified. But prosecutors have said Wafer created a situation where death or great bodily harm was likely to occur, and that his actions were "unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable."
Murad was among nine people who took the stand during the third day of testimony in Wafer's trial before Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway in Detroit.
Davonta Bynes, who had worked with McBride, testified about text messages he exchanged with McBride and a short phone conversation the two had before she died.
They talked just after 10 p.m. Nov. 1 and Bynes said she was slurring, which made him think she had been drinking.
"She sounded like she was having a good time," he said.
Under cross-examination, Bynes said McBride sounded really drunk and that he was concerned that somebody slipped something into her drink.
McBride was supposed to come to his house that night but never showed up.
Less than three hours after the two spoke, McBride crashed a car into a parked vehicle on Bramell near Warren in Detroit, authorities said. She had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana before that, according to earlier testimony.
Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Lucidi, a traffic crash reconstructionist, estimated the car McBride drove was traveling about 31-43 mph. He could not determine whether McBride was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.
Witnesses also testified about McBride's cellphone records, blood analysis and prints lifted from Wafer's doors.
The defense, which called the Dearborn Heights police investigation "incomplete and inadequate" last week, again questioned how the investigation was conducted, asking about the effect of time on evidence collection, which witnesses acknowledged could affect the ability to lift fingerprints or footwear impressions.
Dearborn Heights police have said the doors on Wafer's home were dusted for fingerprints Nov. 11, more than a week after McBride's death.
The trial could last 10 days; so far, 19 people have testified.