The month of November began with news of a young Detroit woman, Renisha McBride, who was tragically shot and killed while seeking help after a car accident. She knocked on the door of a Detroit man, later identified as 54-year-old Theodore Paul Wafer. Wafer shot the young woman in cold blood, insisting that he killed her in self-defense because he believed she was trying to break into his home. Though Wafer was not initially arrested in relation to the shooting, after receiving much pressure from McBride’s family and the community, the District Attorney eventually charged him with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm.
According to CNN, after two days of preliminary hearings, District Court Judge David Turfe ruled that there is enough probable evidence for Wafer to stand trial in relation to the 19-year-old’s Nov. 2 shooting. Since McBride was unarmed at the time of the shooting and there was no evidence of a break-in at the crime scene, Prosecutor Kym Worthy says that there is no way Wafer can lawfully claim self-defense in the teen’s shooting.
“I am saying we do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense,” Worthy said last month.
Wafer is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 15.