Judge removed from Renisha McBride trial
The man who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front doorstep Nov. 2, won his request for a new judge Friday.
Theodore Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter without malice and felony firearm use in connection to the incident.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard refused to recuse herself from the case earlier this month and the decision was placed in the hands of Judge Timothy Kenny to determine if a perceived conflict of interest existed.
Kenny decided to pull Lillard from the case because one of the prosecutors participated in Lillard campaign committee and assisted with the sale of tickets to one of her fundraisers.
“The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office will not appeal the ruling of Judge Kenny,” Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said in a statement Friday. “We will request that the case be blind drawn to another judge.”
Wafer’s attorney, Cheryl Carpenter said she intends to present evidence related to McBride’s criminal history, cell phone records and photos. The prosecution is arguing to keep that information out of trial.
His trial is tentatively scheduled for June 2.
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