Theodore Paul “Ted” Wafer Charged in Shooting of Renisha McBride


Theodore Paul “Ted” Wafer was charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride near Detroit, according to reports.

Reports say that Wafer thought that McBride was trying to break into his house in Dearborn Heights earlier this month when he allegedly shot her.

Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm, CNN reported, citing Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

McBride’s family said the 19-year-old woman was looking for help after she was involved in a car accident on Nov. 2. She was described as “bloody and disoriented” when she came to his porch.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office this week found that McBride’s blood alcohol level was 0.218 percent, while the legal limit for a driver is 0.08 percent in Michigan.

The Medical Examiner’s Office found that McBride suffered a fatal shotgun wound to the face and it was fired from a distance. “She was found with a very large gunshot would to the face,” Worthy told CBS.

Worthy said that “these are the appropriate charges and he did not act in lawful self-defense,” reported NBC.

Wafer has claimed that the gun went off by accident.

“There is no evidence of forced entry into the home,” Worthy said on Friday. “Our evidence shows she knocked on the locked screen door.”

The family of McBride, who is black, has claimed that the shooting may have been race-related, and some say the case bears some similarity to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Civil rights leaders like Rev. Al Sharpton have called for a thorough investigation into the matter.

Detroit-area police have said they believe the shooting was not race related.

McBride family attorney Gerald Thurswell told CBS: “This was a man who did not value human life. If he valued human life, he would have called 911 and not gone out of his home where he was safe, with doors locked, and blow off her head. He doesn’t value life.”

In Michigan, second-degree murder–the most serious of the charges filed against Wafer–can carry a life sentence.

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  • robert shipper

    Ten minutes before the shooting this guy was on the internet claiming he was a “Law abiding firearms owner”. Just another stupid old white conservative.

    • Claude

      You people won’t never be happy will you, always complaining about everyone is picking on you and all. Awwhhh is this world to tough for you too bad .

    • LTE2

      When a black kills a white, do you say just another stupid black democrat?

    • Guest

      Yet it is you farm animals who commit the majority of murders in the US.

  • commonsenseprotection

    Check more closely into the story-how would you like this person showing up on your porch in the middle of the night:

    Toxicology
    results from the autopsy on McBride’s body showed the young woman had a blood alcohol content of 0.218, more
    than twice the legal limit, and had traces of marijuana in her system. No
    toxicology tests were conducted on Wafer.

    McBride was fatally shot in the face about on Nov. 2
    by Wafer, whose lawyer said he was “justified” in firing at McBride. She made
    her way there after crashing her white Ford sedan into a parked car in the 7200
    block of Bramell in Detroit about 12:57 a.m. Witnesses said she was bloody,
    appeared disoriented and walked away from the crash.

    She was found shot in the face on Wafer’s porch by
    police after a 911 call came in at 4:42 a.m.,

    From The Detroit News:
    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131115/METRO01/311150064#ixzz2kkPclHof

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131115/METRO01/311150064#ixzz2kkOJowU7

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131115/METRO01/311150064/Homeowner-arraigned-second-degree-murder-shooting-Detroit-woman?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

    • April Taylor

      This still does not warrant being shot in the FACE!

    • Stone Singh

      Theodore Paul “Ted” Wafer didn’t have access to the toxicology reports before he shot her. If I saw a bloody young woman stumbling around on my porch at 2am my first instinct wouldn’t be to shoot her. I don’t think most people would do that.

      • commonsenseprotection

        You don’t need a toxicology report to know if somebody is that intoxicated at your door at that time of night.

  • April Taylor

    No one deserves to be killed for knocking on your door for help. Second time this year that this has occurred. If you are not going to be a responsible gun owner, get rid of them.

  • crash

    I’d like to contribute to his defense fund if there is one. The young lady was DRUNK & almost 3 times the legal limit while driving, POT in her system so she was s drug user, left the scene of the crime where she knew the cops were coming to help her, not once but twice. And no one in the neighborhood heard her knocking on doors. Hello, what happened to her level of responsibility?

  • crystal

    no excuse for him shooting her!

  • crystal

    Here’s my story: about 2 years ago, I was in my bed watching TV about 1 am., about to go to sleep. I was by myself in my house at the time. There was a LOUD banging knock at my door. I was ALARMED by it. I went downstairs with my loaded gun. I stood at door with gun by side, and asked “what can I do for you, and what do you want”? Through peep hole I saw 1 lady, and 2 men. Again, it’s just me on the other side of door. Lady was asking for her nephew. I told her she had the wrong house. She just “knew” that he was inside, and told ME that she wasn’t leaving until he came out! I told her,” look lady, I don’t know you, don’t know your nephew, please leave”! We went back and forth for 5 mins. She told me she was going to sit in her car till he came out. She did. The men left. I called 911. Not once did I OPEN the door! They came very quick! They (police) came to my door and talked to me. I TOLD them that if she had done that to another “hotheaded” person, the outcome may have been different. I told them to tell her (she was in front of my house being questioned by officers) that as she was at my door acting belligerent, I stood with my gun. NOTE: I WAS not going to shoot unless they broke in! I VALUE human life. For those that care to know: I am a black woman, they were white. I live in a large Dallas metroplex area. Oh, before they released her, they checked her out, they told me she had about 8 traffic warrants, but they dismissed her, but they did “warn” her to be careful, and not do that anymore, she could get hurt. Do you think I should have shot at these 3 people? By the way, her nephew had just moved out of the house next to me! She was lucky. I’m level headed.

    • commonsenseprotection

      Maybe “tipsy” is far different than super drunk and high on pot after leaving an accident scene.. 1am is different than 3:40am. It wasn’t 2am either, Stone. Many people are still awake at 1am (and you didn’t say if it was a weeknight or weekend,) sometimes early asleep at 2am, most are sound asleep at 3:40. He didn’t go anywhere looking for trouble that night. It came to him at his home; and I believe he was also protecting his elderly mother if I read the story correctly. BTW, it’s a terrible incident all the way around, but this was some of the worst judgment and actions she could have made that night. These charges are pretty harsh. Everybody is trying to figure out why this guy didn’t do this or that. Maybe he did try to help somebody who turned out to be belligerent at his door, and he’s in a middle of the night fog-easy to walk in somebody else’s shoes when you’re not wearing them.

  • crystal

    By the way, I was a little nervous. This lady was so loud, so demanding that I open the door. She was dressed nice, had a nice car, but this doesn’t make her harmless. Her behavior may have implied to some that she was “tipsy”, but of course, that will never be known. She was questioned, then released. Honestly, I think she was just pissed! The officers also told me that the men were with her, because her nephew was “hot-headed”…hmm, must be hereditary!


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