Michigan Homeowner Ordered To Trial For Killing Woman On His Porch


Theodore Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Mi., accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Detroiter Renisha McBride last month as she stood on his front porch in the early morning, has been ordered to stand trial for her murder, reports the Detroit News. Judge David Turfe said Wafer made a “bad choice” on Nov. 2 in deciding not to call 911 if he feared for his safety. “He could have not answered the door or ran out of the house to a (neighbor),” said Turfe. “He had other options as opposed to shooting.”

Turfe added: “We cannot let someone use a bad decision as a shield from prosecution.” Wafer's attorneys, Cheryl and Mack Carpenter, a daughter-father team, said they were disappointed that they were not allowed to show a videotaped statement of their client being questioned by police. In a preliminary hearing, prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark said Wafer “shoved the gun in her face and pulled the trigger.” Cheryl Carpenter argued her client acted in self-defense after fearing that someone was breaking into his home around 4:30 a.m. “I'm looking at it through the eyes of the homeowner,” she said. “There is someone banging on the side door. We have a man alone in his house.” She said state law allows residents to act in self-defense if they have a reasonable fear that they face harm or death in their own home.

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