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Prosecutors have presented evidence from the last hours before the fatal shooting of a young woman on a man's porch in suburban Detroit.

A Dearborn Heights judge held a hearing Wednesday to determine if there's enough evidence to send Theodore Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Renisha McBride.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to see testimony from the trial in a report from Fox 2's Maurielle Lue, or read the story below.

The preliminary exam is scheduled to continue again Thursday at 9 a.m. Wafer is out on bond during the trial.

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"I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door."

The recording from the 911call from Theodore Wafer was played for the first time in open court. The 54 year old is now charged with the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Carmen Beasley called 911 the night McBride was killed. McBride, who had been drinking and smoking marijuana, rear ended Beasley's parked vehicle. Beasley called 911 twice, once to report the accident and again to request an ambulance for McBride, who, Beasley, testified was bleeding and confused. Others who came into contact with McBride that night said she was not violent.

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