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Man who Shot Unarmed Renisha McBride on His Porch Appears in Court

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It’s been a few weeks since Renisha McBride was shot and killed on the porch of a stranger after her car broke down and she went looking for help.  Her killer appeared in court this week for the first time, bringing back old wounds that haven’t yet healed.

Theodore Paul Wafer is the 54-year old man accused of shooting the 19-year old on his front porch.  He appeared in court recently so a judge could determine if there is enough evidence for him to be brought to trial for what he did to that woman that night.  He has been charged with second degree murder, manslaughter and a gun charge due to the incident.

What makes the situation fuzzy is that McBride was drunk….really drunk.   Her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, which means that she had no business behind the wheel of a car.   After the accident, she was bleeding and disoriented, and walked to McBride’s house, banging on the door at 4 o’clock in the morning.  But there is another possibility that she thought the man’s house was her own.  If you think someone is breaking into your house at 4 o’clock in the morning, how do you respond?  That’s the question being asked right now.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is trying to prove that Wafer shot the woman through a locked screen door.  But he says that shot the woman on his porch, at least that’s what he said during a 911 call.

Wafer’s attorney,  Cheryl Carpenter, says that the man was reacting to the fear of someone trying to break into his home.  She says that the evidence is going to show that he reacted reasonably.  She also argues that he didn’t wake up in the middle of the night looking for trouble; the trouble came to him instead.

Gerald Thurswell, the lawyer for McBride’s family, says that there is no way that the man acted in self-defense, since McBride was so small.

“She was 5-foot-4 inches tall, 19 years of age, had no weapon, had nothing in the whole world that could cause him to reasonably believe that he was in fear of grave bodily harm or death and no evidence of breaking or entering,” Thurswell told The Huffington Post. “There’s no way he’s going to be able to prove that there was self-defense, and there’s no way he can prove it was an accident.”