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Detroit porch shooter guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter

Theodore Wafer, Renisha McBride
Theodore Wafer, Renisha McBride
Theodore Wafer, Renisha McBride

The Detroit porch shooter, Theodore Wafer. was found guilty and convicted of three charges; second degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm. According to the Detroit Free Press on Thursday, a Wayne County jury decided to go ahead with the both the murder and the manslaughter charges, instead of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Wafer, 55, is convicted of shooting and killing Renisha McBride, 19, on his front porch on November 2, 2013, according to The Detroit News. Witnesses saw McBride walking away from a car crash, bleeding and confused. The teenager was later found to have marijuana and alcohol in her system.

McBride approached Wafer’s home and knocked the door to ask for assistance around 4 a.m. that morning. Wafer opened his front door and shot a Mossberg 500 shotgun through a screen door, killing McBride.

Wafer called 911 at 4:42 a.m. to report the crime, alleging that the incident was an accident. Later, while in police custody Wafer claimed that he was defending himself against what he perceived as an attacker.

The prosecutors made a case that Wafer had been terrorized by neighborhood kids who had damaged his vehicle with paint balls. They alleged that Wafer was looking to confront whoever had been attacking his property and was ready to show deadly force to stop the events. Wafer stated that he heard intense pounding on the wall, and it frightened him to the point that he felt threatened. He also testified that he didn’t want to be bullied in his home.

I thought they were going to come through ... I didn’t want to cower. I didn’t want to be a victim in my own house,” Wafer said at the trial.

When the verdict was given by the jury, which comprised of 5 women and 7 men, Theodore Wafer showed no emotion and stared at nothing. Mcbride’s parents, Monica McBride and Walter Simmons, were happy with the verdict.

Her life mattered and we showed that," McBride’s mother said.

Theodore Walter will be sentenced on August 21. He could potentially serve a life sentence.

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