The Dearborne Heights, Michigan man who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face, killing her in cold blood for knocking on his door at 2a.m. on November 2, was held accountable for the crime last Friday.
Theodore P. Wafer, 54, was arraigned on second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearms charges at the Dearborn Heights District Court, reports MyFoxDetroit.
Prosecutores will ask Wafer, who is not currently in police custody (though the on-air newswoman says that he is), to turn himself in. His bail has been set at $250,000, with a preliminary examination set for Dec. 18.
McBride, whose blood-alcohol content level was 0.22 according to toxicology reports, said to be significantly higher than the allowed legal limit to drive, is thought to have been in a nearby traffic accident. Traces of marijuana were also found in her system. Her family believes she knocked on Wafer’s door seeking help.
Civil rights groups have called for a thorough investigation, saying they believe race was a factor in the shooting — McBride was Black, Wafer is White. Prosecutors insisted that race was not relevant.
“In this case, the charging decision has absolutely nothing to do with the race of the parties,” Worthy said Friday.
Evidence showed McBride knocked on the locked screen door, Worthy said, and that there was no sign of forced entry. Wafer had initially said that he thought someone was trying to break in.
“These are the appropriate charges, and he did not act in lawful self-defense,” County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
Wafer is also charged with possession of a firearm during the attempted commission of a felony or commission of a felony.
Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must show that his or her life was in danger.