Man Charged With Killing of Teen Seeking Help
Theodore Wafer accused of 2nd-degree murder in death of Renisha McBride
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2013 11:54 AM CST
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announces second-degree murder charges against Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, during a news conference in Detroit, Nov. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – The man who shot a 19-year-old in the face after she knocked on his door seeking help after a car accident will be charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced today. Officials are asking Theodore Wafer, 54, to turn himself in, and they expect to arraign him today, the Detroit Free Press reports. "We do not believe he acted in lawful self defense," Worthy said, explaining that such a claim requires a reasonable belief of imminent death or grave bodily harm.

Worthy said there were no signs that Renisha McBride tried to force her way into Wafer's home. According to prosecutors, she knocked on a locked front screen door. Wafer then allegedly opened the inner door, and shot her through the screen door. A toxicology report released yesterday indicates that McBride was drunk at the time, with a blood alcohol level of .218, and that there's a "strong possibility" she had marijuana in her system, CBS reports. A lawyer for her family says that shouldn't matter, and that Wafer should have called 911. "Maybe she would have been arrested because she was drunk—but she'd be alive."

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kumatose
Nov 17, 2013 7:17 AM CST
Whenever something goes deadly wrong, blame can often be shared, metered out in ratios of guilt. If you wanted to justifiably blame the young woman for being drunk and needing help in that neighborhood, at that time of the night, then THAT amount of blame is very small compared to opening your front door and blowing a person's brains out with a gun because they're on your porch. This young woman should not be dead... the extremely-vast majority of blame for the fact that she is dead, belongs to the person who pointed the gun at her head and pulled the trigger.
power
Nov 16, 2013 11:17 AM CST
scoonjodi - Be mature - let the justice department go through the process with out muddying up the waters with a bunch of racist comments. America's disposition is poor because of idiots like you. You are such a huge part of the problem - grow up
scoonjodi
Nov 16, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Ok Jesse and Al. Let's get the march going. A white guy shot a underage, drugged up drunk girl who was driving a car with a blood alcohol level almost 4 times over the limit. You should be able to get some type of parade going right?