A Michigan judge ruled that Theodore Wafer will stand trial for the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
According to reports, Judge David Turfe said prosecutors presented sufficient evidence that the 54-year-old Detroit homeowner should face trial for second-degree murder. In the early-morning hours of Nov. 2, he shot McBride, an African-American girl, in the face through the screen of his front door. She was intoxicated and searching for help after being involved in a car accident.
“This court recognizes you can’t automatically penalize someone for making a bad decision when pressed to react quickly,” the judge said. “But at the same time we can’t allow one to use a bad decision as a shield to criminal prosecution…The defendant made a bad choice when there were other reasonable opportunities.”
While defense lawyers argued that Wafer was simply defending himself, prosecutors insisted the shooting was not justified. A CBS affiliate reported, “Theodore Paul Wafer was about three feet from Renisha McBride when he opened fire, shooting her in the face, according to testimony in his preliminary examination Wednesday.”
A trial date will be set for next year.
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