Homeowner Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

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Nov. 15 2013 11:53 AM

Homeowner Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

Some big news in the case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Michigan woman who was shot and killed earlier this month by a man who claims he thought she was trying to break into his Dearborn home, via the Detroit News:

A Dearborn Heights man was charged Friday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm in a felony in the shooting death of 19-year-old Detroiter Renisha McBride. Homeowner Theodore Wafer, 54, faces arraignment Friday afternoon in the charges, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced.
McBride was fatally shot in the face early Nov. 2 by Wafer, whose lawyer said was “justified” in firing at McBride. About two and a half hours earlier before the shooting at the home in the 16800 block of Outer Drive, McBride crashed into a parked car a mile away on Brammell and Warren in Detroit.
Worthy said Friday that the evidence shows Wafer shot McBride through a locked screen door. He is not in custody and will be asked to turn himself in to authorities, the prosecutor said. “We have issued these charges because we believe the evidence will show that self defense was not warranted,” Worthy said.
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McBride's family says she was looking for help after being involved in a single-car accident. As my colleague Amanda Marcotte explained earlier this week, the case has so far been marked by confusing and often conflicting details. What we do know so far is that McBride was shot directly in the face, not in the back as had originally been claimed; and that, according to a toxicology report, McBride's blood-alcohol level was 0.218 percent, more than twice the 0.08 legal limit for drivers in Michigan.

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