Suburban Detroit Homeowner Convicted of Murder in Porch Shooting
A suburban Detroit homeowner has been convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman.
Jurors delivered the verdict on Thursday, rejecting Theodore Wafer’s claims he acted in self-defense when he fired his shotgun through his screen door and killed Renisha McBride. The 55-year-old Wafer testified he “wasn’t going to cower” inside his home after being awoken by loud banging on his doors around 4:30 a.m. on November 2nd.
Prosecutors – who say McBride may have been seeking help after crashing her car about half-mile from Wafer’s home in Dearborn Heights – said he should have called 911.
Wafer faces up to life in prison, but his actual sentence is expected to be much shorter.