Theodore Wafer in court for shooting Renisha McBride, Detroit teen killed on porch
Theodore Wafer is scheduled to appear in court this morning, 46 days after he fatally shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
Wafer’s court appearance will determine whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial. The 54-year-old faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the Nov. 2 death of McBride.
The Detroit teen was seeking help following a car accident when she was shot in the face on Wafer’s front porch. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy believes Wafer used his 12-gauge shotgun and shot McBride through a screen door.
In the 911 tape from that night, Wafer clearly states that he shot someone on his front who was banging on his door.
According to a toxicology report, McBride had alcohol and marijuana in her system at the time of her death.
The case has drawn national attention from civil rights groups like the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network who feel McBride’s race played a factor in the shooting.
Wafer could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if the case is taken to trial and he is found guilty of second-degree murder, 15 years for manslaughter and a mandatory penalty of two additional years for a felony firearms charge.
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