DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – Jury deliberations have begun in the shooting death of Renisha McBride in Dearborn Heights on November 2nd, 2013 by 55-year-old Theodore Wafer on his front porch.
The fatal shooting of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman, occurred on November 2nd, 2013, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. On November 15th, 2013, Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Wafer has stated that the shooting was accidental and that he thought his home was being broken into. McBride had a BAC of 0.218, eleven times the legal limit for any minor and she was was unarmed. His trial began in June of 2014.
The shooting prompted some to claim her death was a result of racial profiling. Wafer denies this allegation and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy stated that the decision to charge Wafer had “nothing to do whatsoever with the race of the parties.” Prosecutors say Wafer should have called 911 instead of firing his gun.
Theodore Wafer says he has nightmares about the fatal shooting. It is unknown why McBride chose his house to stop at.
Details of the case have been broadcast nationwide because of the strange twists and turns that it has taken since the time of the shooting.