Renisha McBride’s killer charged with murder

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Killer of Renisha McBride faces murder charges 

Theodore Paul Wafer who said he “accidentally” killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride in an act of self defense, has been charged with murder in the second degree, manslaughter and possession of a firearm. The 54-year-old who shot the unarmed teen in the face in Dearborn Heights, Mich is expected to turn himself in to police.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges against Wafer today, Friday, November 15.


“We obviously do not feel that the evidence in this case reveals that the defendant acted in lawful self defense,” said Worthy. “Under Michigan law, there is no duty to retreat in your own home, however, someone who claims self defense must honestly and reasonably believe that he is in imminent danger of either losing his life or suffering great bodily harm, and that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent that harm,” she added. “This ‘reasonable belief’ is not measured subjectively, by the standards of the individual in question, but objectively, by the standards of a reasonable person.”

Theodore Paul Wafer
Theodore Paul Wafer

Wafer is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.


As previously reported McBride was shot and killed while seeking help after a car accident on November 2. Bloody and disoriented with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit, she knocked on Wafer’s door for help and was blasted in the face by a single bullet from a shotgun.

-danielle canada

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