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Bretz said the composition of the jury will be important, especially the number of jurors from suburban Detroit.

“Many of the white people in Dearborn Heights feel they are on the edge of the battle line,” he said, referring to high-crime Detroit.

Carpenter wanted jurors to see a map, based on police data, of about 80 police calls related to shots being fired within a 1-mile radius of Wafer’s home in previous months. Judge Dana Hathaway said no, but some testimony about crime in the neighborhood is likely.

Hathaway also barred the defense from using selfies from McBride’s cellphone showing her with alcohol, money, marijuana and what appears to be a gun.

McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks, has attended pre-trial hearings, often rocking or shaking her head during disputes about evidence.

“I’m not worrying about anything. God’s got this case,” Spinks said.


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