On Friday, Nov. 15, Dearborn Heights, Mich. homeowner Theodore P. Wafer was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, a young lady Wafer shot in the face in the middle of the night on Nov. 2, after he found her on the front porch of his house.
CBS News reported that Wafer thought the teen was trying to break into his Detroit-area house, although prosecutors in the case said there were no physical signs of an attempted break in.
The prosecutor released a statement saying that:
“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.”
Yesterday, McBride’s distraught parents, Walter Ray Simmons and Monica McBride, spoke at a press conference following Wafer’s being charged in the shooting death of their daughter. The parents are still searching for answers as to why their daughter had to die.
“I can’t imagine what that man feared from her. I would like to know why,” Monica McBride said.
“I couldn’t accept no apology because my daughter don’t breathe no more,” said her father, Walter Ray Simmons. “I believe this man took my daughter’s life for no reason. We just want justice done.”
Young Renisha McBride ended up on the front porch of Wafer’s home several hours after being involved in a car accident. She had been driving a white Ford sedan around 12:57 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 2 when she hit a parked car not too far from Wafer’s residence.
The prosecutor’s press release stated that McBride left the scene of the car accident, and “was observed to have blood on her body and appeared to be disoriented when she left the scene on foot.”
Hours later at 4:42 a.m., police responded to a 911 call regarding a fatal shooting at the home of Theodore P. Wafer. When police arrived on the scene, they found Renisha McBride shot dead on Wafer’s front porch.
Wafer’s house was about one half mile from where McBride had her car accident in the greater Detroit area.
Authorities released Renisha McBride’s toxicology report on Thursday, which showed that the teen “had a .218 blood alcohol level at the time of her death, more than twice the legal limit for driving.” The toxicology report also showed that Renisha had marijuana in her system.
Gerald Thurswell, an attorney representing the McBride family, said that Renisha didn’t represent a threat to anyone.
“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.”
In addition to his murder and manslaughter charges, Theodore P. Wafer was arraigned yesterday on a felony weapons charge. Wafer should be back in court on Dec. 18 for a probable cause hearing.
For more on the Renisha McBride murder charges, see the video accompanying this article.
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