Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – A jury convicted Thursday a Dearborn Heights, Michigan man of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm for the shooting dead a 19-year-old woman on his porch in November.
Theodore Wafer, 55, who was free on a bond, was ordered remanded into custody after jurors, who included four blacks, read their verdict. He will be sentenced on Aug. 25, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The family of the victim, Renisha McBride, was very pleased with the jury verdict. Monica McBride, Renisha’s mother, praised the prosecution, while her father, Walter Simmons thanked prosecutors.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors on Wednesday that Wafer wanted a confrontation when he fired his shotgun through his home’s screened door hitting McBride in the face and killer her instantly.
McBride, at the time, was knocking at Wafer’s home to ask for help because she figured in a road crash one mile away from his home.
Muscat said Wafer was angry at neighborhood pranksters had vandalized his car.
Wafer’s attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, said in her closing statement on Wednesday that McBride was pounding on his door causing him to feel threatened by the visitor.
Wafer also testified that McBride suddenly appeared on his door prompting him to shoot.