Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride on the front porch of his house last November, has been found guilty on all three charges, including second-degree murder.
Last November McBride was shot in the head with a shotgun after knocking on Wafer's door looking for help after a car accident. There was never any debate over whether Wafer killed McBride, but he claimed in court that he acted in self-defense.
Wafer's defense argued that he thought McBride was trying to force his way into his home. In Michigan, individuals are allowed to use deadly force if they "honestly and reasonably believe" that someone is breaking into their home, according to the Los Angeles Times. The defense also pointed out that McBride had been drinking and smoking marijuana prior to her accident.
Prosecutors, along with McBride's family, argue that she was a victim of racial profiling: McBride was black and Wafer is white. She was also unarmed. The case garnered comparisons to the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin — both cases involved unarmed black people being shot by white men. George Zimmerman was found not guilty due to the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
In court, Wafer testified that his response was a gut reaction. “It was devastating,” he said, according to the Times. “This poor girl, she had her whole life in front of her. I took that from her.” According to NBC News Wafter "faces life in prison with the possibility of parole."
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