Published: November 19, 2013 by Glasshouse Radio
Americans are closely watching the case of 19-year-old Renisha McBride who was shot in the head after knocking on the door of 54-year-old Theodore Paul Wafer in Dearborn Heights, MI to ask for help after she had been in an accident.
According to the Dearborn Heights police report, “McBride crashed her 2004 Ford Taurus into a parked car in Detroit, blocks away from Wafer’s home, around 1:30 a.m.”
It is believed that McBride’s reason for knocking on Wafer’s door was to seek help after her accident. However, things did not go as planned.
McBride was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun that left a large wound to her face. McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks, said she was bereaved to know her niece would not even be able to have an open casket funeral because of the damage.
Recent reports from CNN show that McBride had an alcohol level of 0.218 the night of the incident.
According to the Huffington Post, “Defense lawyers are expected to argue that Wafer feared for his life when a drunken McBride — toxicology reports put her blood-alcohol content at well above the legal limit for driving — came to his door in the middle of the night hours after crashing her car blocks away in Detroit.”
Members of McBride’s family and Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, however, see this defense tactic as unjustifiable because McBride was unarmed and shot through a locked screen door.
The reality of McBride’s killing is still a very hard topic for her friends and family to cope with.
Arnisha Jones, a current sophomore at University of Michigan, said, “I first met Renisha at Levey Middle School. We went to school with each other from 6th grade all the way up to high school graduation. We always joked around and did crazy stuff. She always knew
how to make you laugh for sure. When I first heard about what happened to her I was in shock! I never thought that someone I went to school with would die so young. I mean you always here about these senseless killings, but you never expect it to happen to someone you know and care about.”
McBride’s case has caused many to question whether or not Wafer’s act was truly one of self-defense. In the state of Michigan, in order for self-defense to be justified there must be "honest and reasonable beliefs of imminent death or imminent great bodily harm to oneself or another person and proven that the use of force must be necessary in order to prevent.”
According to ABC News, “Evidence suggested that she knocked on Wafer's locked screen door and that he opened his front door and was inside the house when he fired a shot through the open door, but a still closed and locked screen door.”
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said "We do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense. Evidence shows no sign of forced entry."
According to ABC news, Wafer will be charged with “second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony.”
Wafer’s arraignment was November 15th, and he is currently free on bail awaiting his Dec. 18 hearing that will determine if the case should go to trial.
Jones said, “I’m happy that action is finally being taken. I want her family to be able to sleep at night and have that sense of
Funeral services were held for Renisha McBride in Detroit, MI on November 8, 2013.
At the funeral, Monica McBride, Renisha’s mother, said, "She deserves to be right here today, with her family."