Dearborn Hts. Man Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder, Manslaughter in Porch Shooting Death
Theodore Wafer has been found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
A jury of 7 men and 5 women convicted the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man.
Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will be able to consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is also charged with manslaughter and felony firearm.
The defense has argued that Wafer’s actions were in self-defense, saying he was scared after hearing banging on his side and front doors. The prosecution has said Wafer shot McBride through a locked screen door. They said Wafer came to the door with a loaded shotgun, released the safety, raised it at her, pulled the trigger and “blew her face off.”
During closing arguments on Wednesday, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Patrick Muscat said Wafer “wanted a confrontation.”
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