Theodore Wafer, the man who shot Renisha McBride, will be in a Wayne County court today. A judge will determine whether Wafer will stand trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter. Last month, Wafer shot McBride. He told authorities that someone had come onto his porch and knocked on his door in the very early morning.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said during a news conference last month that evidence suggests Wafer opened the front door before he fired a shotgun through the closed and locked screen door. She said there was no evidence of forced entry on Wafer’s home.
According to police, Wafer said his shotgun discharged accidentally.
Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s attorney, could not be reached for comment Tuesday but previously told the Free Press that her client thought his home was being broken into. She said Wafer woke up “to the sounds of violent banging on the doors of his house. He heard what sounded like a person or persons banging and trying to get in his front door and a side door.”
Gerald Thurswell, an attorney for McBride’s family, said her family believes Wafer will be bound over for trial.
The hearing can be followed via a live blog here.
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