DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch should have called 911 instead of becoming “judge, jury and executioner,” a prosecutor said Wednesday in urging jurors to convict him of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors in their closing arguments repeatedly emphasized that Theodore Wafer had easier options than to directly confront 19-year-old Renisha McBride when she showed up drunk on his porch before dawn on Nov. 2. Several hours earlier, she had crashed her car into a parked car on a Detroit street about a half-mile from Wafer’s house in Dearborn Heights.

Wafer, 55, said he shot McBride in self-defense. He said he awoke to an “unbelievable” pounding on his doors and feared for his life when he fired through a screen door as someone rushed from the side of the porch.

He shot McBride in the face, killing her.

“She was a young girl looking for help,” prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors. “What he did had to be immediately necessary and it wasn’t. It was reckless. It was negligent. I don’t know how to describe it. It was horrific.

“How about shutting the door? … How about calling 911?” Muscat said. “No, what he does is he engages. He creates the confrontation.”

The jury began deliberating shortly before noon.

Wafer, an airport maintenance worker who lives alone, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The jury could convict him of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter or clear Wafer of all charges if it believes had a “reasonable and honest” belief that his life was at risk, even if he was wrong.

“He armed himself. He was getting attacked,” defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said in her closing argument. “Put yourselves in his shoes at 4:30 in the morning.”

But another prosecutor, Athina Siringas, said a murder conviction fits the case.

Wafer “decided to be judge, jury and executioner,” she said in a rebuttal argument.

Earlier this week, Wafer testified that he was terrified by the pounding on his house. He had been sleeping in a recliner and said he couldn’t immediately find his phone to call police.

In the aftermath of the shooting, some wondered whether race was a factor because Wafer is white and McBride was black. Race hasn’t been an issue at trial, although the prosecutor noted that McBride was “African-American” while cross-examining Wafer on Tuesday.

In her closing remarks, Carpenter said race isn’t a factor for the jury. She said Wafer was just a homeowner who was aware of crime in a neighborhood that borders Detroit and wanted to protect himself.

“In the heat of the moment our instincts are to survive,” she said. “He did not know it was a 19-year-old who got in a car crash at 1 a.m. What he knew was someone was trying to get in. It’s not for a good reason — it’s to hurt me.”

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6 thoughts on “RENISHA MCBRIDE UPDATE: Jurors Begin Deliberating In Porch Shooting Case

  1. In no way do I accept the facts that is man should be let off for shooting this young lady he should serve some time for taking her life. There is no excuses. Please people come off the he was protecting his home. He was just being nasty because of who was at his door.
    When it comes to Black people every body gets let off the hook. Let this had been a White girl or boy the story would have never hit the media and the shooter would have been locked up quietly. I seen it happen many times.

  2. Guest on said:

    This is hard for me as a black female. I went to my neighbors door one night with a hoodie on to ask them to turn down music (wow one guy was just killed for this here in B more) and when he opened the door he said “Sorry you had on a hoodie. It’s not safe to open doors anymore!” So what made him see I was a WOMAN? Was he prepared to blow my head off???? I begged my daughter not to wear hoodies driving my car in B more. She played me off until she came in mad a h@ a B more police stopped her thinking she was a robber!!!!! See people Renisha knocked on this man’s door high and drunk. BLACK people are afraid of each other due to black on black crime so what did we really expect a WHITE man to do being afraid as well? Personally I would have had the gun ready BUT I would have called 911 and waited on police to get her unless she broke in then a body bag would have been necessary!!!! I would vote him not guilty………

  3. Honestly on said:

    The cave n!@@er will walk. His fellow cave n!@@ers in the jury box don’t care that he murdered a Nubian child in cold blood, just like zimmerman and michael dunn. These neanderthal apes should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  4. Linda on said:

    Is this the norm for White folks in Amerykah to go to their door armed with a shot gun when they hear knocking or banging?

    If the jury has been paying attention, McBride’s story has changed dramatically from what he initially told the cops.

    He told the cops that he did not know the shotgun was loaded and that it went off accidently.

    Anyone who knows anything about assault rifles knows this to be UNTRUE!–no GUN just goes off without ones finger being on the trigger!!!!!–

    McBride needs to be charged with FIRST DEGREE MURDER, however, since he only killed an innocent Black woman-he will no doubt be ACQUITTED!!!!!—Another ZIMMERMAN!!!!!!!

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