Prosecutors announced Friday morning that Detroit resident Theodore Wafer has been charged with 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year old Renisha McBride.
McBride crashed her car outside of Wafer’s residence in Deerborn Heights. It is believed that she was seeking help at Wafer’s home when she was shot in the face by a shotgun blast. Wafer claims that he thought the victim was attempting to break into his home at about 3:40 a.m. on November 2nd when his shotgun discharged accidentally, killing the woman.
Toxicology reports show that McBride’s alcohol level was 0.218, which is 10 times the legal driving amount for a person under 21. A small amount of marijuana was also detected, but the amount was low enough to suggestthat the victim had not used marijuana that day.
According to the Prosecutors press release,
“McBride was observed to have blood on her body and appeared to be disoriented when she left the scene on foot. Police received a 911 call reporting a fatal shooting at a home in Dearborn Heights at 4:42 a.m. and, once on the scene, observed the lifeless body of Ms. McBride in the front porch area of the defendant’s house. McBride was found with a large gunshot wound to her face. It is alleged that Ms. McBride was unarmed when she was shot by the defendant as she knocked on the front screen door of the house. There were no signs of forced entry at the location.”
Gerard Thurswell, the attorney representing the McBride family stated,
“The bottom line in this whole case is that he was in his house, the door is locked, he has a phone,” said Thurswell of the homeowner. “All he had to do was call 911. Maybe she would have been arrested because she was drunk – but she’d be alive.”
McBride’s death follows several other high-profile shooting deaths of young black Americans, particularly last February’s controversial case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. which ignited a national debate regarding gun control, race and self-defense laws.
According to the Detroit Free Press, during the funeral, McBride’s aunt described her as an outgoing person who liked to spend time with family and friends.
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