Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

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Theodore Wafer appears at his preliminary examination before District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to send Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge. Defense attorneys claim he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo Theodore Wafer, left, a Detroit-area man who fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch, listens to his attorneys during court in Dearborn Heights, Mich. On Friday, June 13, 2014, five weeks before trial, a judge hears arguments about evidence in Wafer's case. Wafer's lawyer wants to show jurors crime trends in the neighborhood and introduce photos of the victim with alcohol, drugs and a gun to show her lifestyle. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Theodore Wafer waits for the start of his trial at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Detroit. Wafer is charged with murder in the shooting of a young unarmed woman on his porch. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, appears at his arraignment in 20th District Court in Deaborn Heights, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Wafer faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Theodore Wafer waits for his preliminary examination to begin before District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to send Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge. Defense attorneys claim he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, appears at his arraignment in 20th District Court in Deaborn Heights, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Wafer faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride is seen during a news conference in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Her daughter was shot on Nov. 2 in the face on Theodore P. Wafer's front porch in Dearborn Heights. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announces second-degree murder charges against Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, during a news conference in Detroit Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Wafer also faces a manslaughter charge in the death of Renisha McBride in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Theodore Wafer appears at his preliminary examination before District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to send Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge. Defense attorneys claim he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, appears at his arraignment in 20th District Court in Deaborn Heights, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Wafer faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Judge Mark J. Plawecki listens to attorneys at the arraignment of Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, in 20th District Court in Deaborn Heights, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Wafer faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Bernita Spinks, aunt of slaying victim Renisha McBride, speaks to reporters outside the Wayne County Circuit Court building in Detroit, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, after a jury found Theodore Wafer guilty of second-degree murder in the shotgun death of McBride, 19. Wafer shot McBride on Nov. 2, 2013, his porch in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights after she banged on his door in the middle of the night. Spings said the killing showed the danger of the thoughtless use of firearms and didn’t reflect any racial motive by the white homeowner. Spinks said people need to use “the right judgment” if they are going to have guns in their homes. (AP Photo/David N. Goodman)
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DETROIT (AP) - A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

Theodore Wafer, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, met officers outside his Dearborn Heights home after they responded to his 911 call around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.

"What happened here?" Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording played by prosecutors.

"A consistent knocking on the door, and I'm trying to look through the windows and the door," Wafer said. "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," Wafer told McManmon. "I don't get it. Who's knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang - somebody wanting in."

Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, who appeared on his porch 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a half-mile away in Detroit.

He told police that the victim, later identified as 19-year-old McBride, looked like a "neighbor girl or something." McBride didn't live in the neighborhood, and an autopsy revealed she was extremely drunk.

Wafer's lawyers say he shot McBride in self-defense. Prosecutors, however, say he should have called police if he feared for his safety.

Police asked Wafer about his weapon, which was on the ground in the foyer of his home when officers arrived.

"It's a little Mossberg, you know, shotgun. Self-defense," Wafer replied.

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