Theodore Wafer’s fate is now in the hands of a jury. Last November, Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride on the porch of his suburban Michigan home. McBride, who was unarmed, crashed her car hours earlier about a half-mile from Wafer’s house in Dearborn Heights.
Wafer, 55, said he shot McBride in self-defense. He said he awoke to an “unbelievable” pounding on his doors and feared for his life when he fired through a screen door as someone rushed from the side of the porch.
He shot McBride in the face, killing her.
“It was devastating,” Wafer said in sometimes tearful testimony on the stand this week. “This poor girl, she had her whole life in front of her. I took that from her.”
The prosecution has said McBride was just looking for help after crashing her car nearby.
“She just wanted to go home. On Nov. 2, 2013, Ms. McBride, injured, disoriented, just wanted to go home,” prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors during closing arguments Wednesday, who then picked up the weapon Wafer used in the killing. “Yet she ended up in the morgue, with bullets in her head and her brain, because the defendant picked up this shotgun, released this safety, raised it at her, pulled the trigger, and blew her face off.”
But defense attorney Carpenter has argued, “It’s not about Renisha McBride, it is about Mr. Wafer. What was going on in his head when he was inside that house.”
Wafer was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The jury could convict him of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter or clear Wafer of all charges if it believes had a “reasonable and honest” belief that his life was at risk, even if he was wrong.
BREAKING: Jurors find Ted Wafer guilty in the second-degree murder in the shooting death of #RenishaMcBride.
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Judge Dana Hathaway immediately remanded Wafer to the Wayne County Jail. He will be sentenced on August 21 and could face life in prison.