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November 16, 2013

Homeowner charged in deadly Michigan porch shooting

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On Friday, the Detroit branch of the NAACP applauded the charges filed against Wafer.

“Often, many of us are very anxious and impatient when it comes to justice being equally applied in every situation” the group said in a statement. “This particular case had the appearance that it might have been headed down the same road. While no trial has been held, and Mr. Wafer has yet to be brought before the court, anxiety is still high as the jury is still a long way out.”

So-called “stand your ground” laws were at the heart of the Zimmerman case and protect gun owners in at least 23 states, including Michigan, who claim self-defense in shootings.

“That’s not what they call it here,” Worthy said of the state’s 2006 self-defense law.

“There is no duty to retreat if you’re in your own home,” she said. “Someone who claims lawful self-defense, must have an honest and reasonable — not honest or reasonable — belief of imminent death or imminent great bodily harm of himself or another person, and the use of force that’s used must be necessary to prevent that imminent death or great bodily harm of himself or another person.”

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