Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Day 1: The Renisha McBride shooting trial

Day 1: The Renisha McBride shooting trial

Testimony began Wednesday in the case against Theodore Wafer, the 55-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed 19-year-old girl on his porch last year.

Wafer's defense began their opening statements today by telling jurors that their client heard banging on his door at least four separate times before he opened it and shot McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

The rough sex defense?

The rough sex defense?

Opening statements are underway in a blockbuster trial where S&M and murder take center stage.

Seth Mazzaglia is accused of raping and murdering Lizzi Marriott. Marriott was in her sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire when she was reported missing in October 2012. Her body has never been found.

Oscar Pistorius: Will he have a fair trial?

Oscar Pistorius: Will he have a fair trial?

Jen Su is a TV & Radio Presenter for 5 FM, SABC3, and Business Day TV in Johannesburg, South Africa. She will be providing additional coverage and local insight to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET.

Was it murder, or self-defense?

Was it murder, or self-defense?

Cold-blooded killer or acting in self-defense?

That's the heated debate happening inside a Jacksonville, Florida, courtroom as the jury heard opening statements in the Michael Dunn murder trial.

We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday in the murder trial of Michael Dunn.

Reporters inside the court say the makeup of the jury is diverse: 10 females and six males -- 11 of whom appear to be Caucasian, three of whom appear to be African-American, one of whom appears to be of Asian descent and the last appears to be Hispanic.  The Jacksonville judge overseeing the trial said the jury will be sequestered for the remainder of the trial.

Michael Dunn: Jury selection expected to begin next week

Michael Dunn: Jury selection expected to begin next week

A chance encounter explodes in violence, leaving an innocent, unarmed teen dead. Michael Dunn is accused of gunning down 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot. Dunn told cops he pulled up next to Davis and three of his friends inside an SUV where Dunn proceeded to tell the teens to turn down their music. The situation escalated quickly. Dunn claims his life was threatened and he shot the teen in self-defense. Cops say Dunn fired at least 8 shots into the SUV, hitting Davis twice and killing him. Dunn is now charged with first degree murder.

Jury selection in the case is slated to begin Monday.

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