The man (so to speak), who gunned down the helpless woman has been identified as Theodore Wafer, 54. As mentioned before, Wafer hesitated an HOUR before calling 911, telling the operator he had shot someone on his front porch. By the time police arrived, their job had already been done for them - McBride was laying on the ground dead, massive shotgun wound to the head.
Racist murdering POS Theodore Wafer, in court facing criminal charges.
Wafer would initially claim that his gun went off "accidentally". But later, he changed his story to "self-defense". Civil rights groups and citizens, as well as McBride's family, were outraged that racist pig Wafer had not been immediately arrested. After much protest and national scrutiny, the D.A.'s office of Wayne County, MI had finally decided to press formal charges against Wafer. On Friday Nov. 15th, the killer appeared in a Dearborn 20th district courtroom to be arraigned on charges of:
- second degree murder - possible life sentence
- manslaughter - possible 15 year sentence
- felony firearm use - mandatory two year sentence upon conviction
That same day, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy held a news conference announcing the charges against Wafer, and explaining her office's decision for moving on the case, based on findings such as:
- Wafer opening his interior front door, but shooting McBride through a locked screen door.
- NO sign of forced entry
- NO weapon found on the victim
- NO reason for the homeowner to feel he was under any threat what so ever
The D.A.'s findings are important see, because after Wafer initially gave that lame-ass excuse of his gun going off accidently (even if that were true, it would mean that he was one incredible irresponsible and shitty gun user), he LATER changed his story and claimed "self defense". Michigan has a so-called "stand your ground" law similar to the infamous law in Florida. In fact, the syg laws of both states are quite similar (obviously, POLICE are given cart blanche exception to such laws, which is unfortunate). But see the thing is, in order for Wafer to rightfully site this law (which he was apparently unaware of on the night he murdered McBride), he would had to have felt that his life and/or safety were in imminent danger from this 5'4" petite, unarmed, woman who had just been in a car crash.
Which one looks scarier?
So basically, Wafer is justifying his actions that night by essentially admitting that he is an incredibly soft and weak coward who frightens easily from people who pose NO physical threat to him what so ever. In other words, the George Zimmerman defense! McBride's grieving mother Monica McBride was quoted as saying:
“I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams of what that man feared from her to shoot her in the face,” her mother Monica McBride said on Friday. “I would like to know why. She brought him no danger.”
Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy announces criminal charges against Wafer on Nov. 15th
Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons - parents of the murdered 19 year old
A mourner holds program announcing Renisha McBride's funeral, held on Nov. 8th.
Protesters holding one of several rallies demanding justice for McBride.
Now it must also be mentioned that a toxicology report has been released showing that McBride had an alcohol content level which was twice the state's legal limit. This information is relevant to an extent, but means very little in the long run. It suggests that McBride was likely impaired at the moment she crashed her car into a parked vehicle. But keep in mind, that crash was reported to have occurred shortly after 1:00am. It wasn't until 3:40am when McBride had made her way to Wafer's porch, so it is very unlikely that she would've shown any signs of obvious drunkenness. Predictably, many White racists (as well as a handful of self-loathing TOMS) have latched onto this ONE minor fact and ran a thousand yards with it. Very typical. As if being [possibly] drunk deserves the DEATH PENALTY.
And no word yet as to Wafer's alcohol level that night, which would be far more relevant to this case! But Wafer himself is very typical of a certain arch-type in this awful country: angry White male - racist, homophobic, misogynistic, scared to death, and armed to the teeth!
Slaughter house: Wafer's home and front porch where he shot McBride that night.
Shock & mourning: McBride's funeral had to be 'closed-casket' due to her horrific injuries.
Now this [latest] killing draws obvious similarities (for different reasons) to two other cases.
1. - the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, whose case came to a legal conclusion just this summer.
2. - the murder Jonathan Ferrell, which happened just in Sept. this year. Eerily similar, Ferrell had also been involved in a car crash, crawled from his vehicle, knocked on a White home-owner's door for help, only to end up shot to death. Only in Ferrell's case, he was murdered by a cop, who has since been charged thankfully.