Accused Renisha McBride Shooter Due in Court
The man accused of killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride in early November was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
Theodore Paul Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and a related gun charge. According to the Associated Press, the 54-year-old airport maintenance worker “fired once with a 12-gauge shotgun through his screen door at McBride.”
It is still unclear exactly what took place in the before the shooting. McBride’s family believe the teen, whose blood alcohol content was more than legal limit, was merely seeking help following a nearby car accident.
Wafer’s attorney, however, maintains that the homeowner feared for his life and used self-defense.
The case has drawn parallels to Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in February 2012. His accused killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of all charges this summer.
Author and activist dream hampton arranged a protest calling for Wafer’s arrest shortly after the shooting and discussed the case in an interview with JETmag.com:
“I was reading the news and I couldn’t sleep. I was horrified by the story. My daughter is a senior in high school and she’s been driving for six months … As a mother, I was outraged at what happened to Renisha. I was raised in Detroit. It’s the city I chose to come back to and raise my daughter after being in New York City for 18 years.
“I asked people in social media if they would meet me at the police department, my friend wrote a press release and we made our voices heard.”
A trial date for Wafer is expected to be set for next year. If convicted, he faces maximum sentence of life in prison for the second-degree murder charge; 15 years for manslaughter; and two years for the firearm felony.