Latifah Muhammad

Guilty Verdict Reached In Renisha McBride Shooting Death


Theodore Wafter was found guilty of second-degree murder  and manslaughter Thursday (Aug. 7) for the 2013 shooting death of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman. A jury took two days to deliberate on the case. 

Wafter claims he shot McBride out of self defense, believing that the person banging on his door at 2:30 a.m. was a threat. The teen’s aunt says he fired at McBride as she was trying to run away.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Wafer, who is white, said he thought McBride, who was black, was going to break in. He argued he was acting in self-defense.

And in a Wayne County courtroom on Thursday, Wafer sat perfectly still as the jury disagreed. The forewoman announced that he was guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and a gun charge connected to McBride’s shooting.

“At that moment, I was shaking my head, because he’s where he needs to be,” McBride’s mother, Monica McBride, told reporters after the verdict. “Just sitting there with him — I didn’t have anger, I didn’t have a grudge. I wasn’t passing judgment, because that’s God’s job.

“I wanted justice,” she said, adding: “You did cold-blooded murder. That was murder. That was no accident; that was not self-defense. He did murder.”


McBride got in a car accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 2 , and went out into a Detroit-area neighborhood looking for help. Her cell phone had died.

He called the incident “devastating” while testifying at his trial this week.  “She had her whole life ahead of her,” he said. “I took that away from her.

Wafter faces life in prison he will be sentenced Aug. 21.

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