A story that mimicked the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, where a teen was killed by the gun of another, the only difference was she was asking for help and in turn was shot to death.
Thankfully the justice system did its job and today (Aug 8) a jury found Theodore Wafer guilty in the death of Renisha McBride.
On November 2, 2013, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was in an accident around 1 am a few miles from Wafer’s home. After telling a witness she needed to go home, she left the scene and landed on the 55-year-old’s Dearborn Heights, Michigan porch.
Seeking help, her “unbelievable” banging—as Wafer tells it—awoke the resident around 4:30 am and believing she was an intruder, he fatally shot her. She died from a gun shot to the face and police ruled it a homicide.
The defense argued that her level of drug and alcohol intoxication (she was three times the legal limit) impaired her judgement. They felt she was breaking in and he was acting in self defense. However the prosecution countered that when he decided to shoot first, call 911 second he became the “judge, jury, and executioner” on whether or not she was breaking in or in need of help.
He was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and a weapon charge and is facing life in prison. He will be sentenced on August 21st.