Detroit man charged for shooting to death teenage car crash victim

Demonstrators protest against the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride outside the Dearborn Heights Police Station in Dearborn Heights, Michigan November 7, 2013.  Credit: Reuters
Demonstrators protest against the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride outside the Dearborn Heights Police Station in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, on Nov. 7.
Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors charged a suburban Detroit homeowner with second-degree murder, manslaughter and firearms possession on Friday in the fatal shooting of a woman on his front porch in a racially charged case that has captured national attention.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy accused Theodore Wafer, 54, of killing Renisha McBride, 19, early on the morning of Nov. 2 when she went to his home in Dearborn Heights to seek help after a car crash.

McBride’s family and civil rights leaders called for the homeowner, previously unidentified, to be charged in the shooting of the black teenager, suggesting racial profiling might have played a role. Wafer is white.

The county medical examiner’s office ruled McBride’s death a homicide, finding she was killed by a shotgun blast to the face. McBride had a blood alcohol content of 0.218 percent, or nearly triple the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving in Michigan, and also had marijuana in her system.

Police have said McBride knocked on the homeowner’s door early in the morning after crashing a car nearby. The homeowner told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and his shotgun went off accidentally.


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