The parents of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was slain on Nov. 2 on a porch in Dearborn Heights, Michigan while seeking help following a car accident, held a press conference on Friday to discuss the case and to thank Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy for her thorough work.
“I just want to thank the prosecutor’s office for the thorough job that they’ve done, bringing the charges against Mr. Wafer,” said Renisha’s father Walter Simmons. “I don’t even know why I’m saying Mr. Wafer… This monster that killed my daughter. I think they did a thorough job; they came up with the right decision. I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail.”
As previously reported by Hello Beautiful, homeowner Theodore P. Wafer, 54, was arraigned on second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearms charges Friday afternoon at the Dearborn Heights District Court.
Wafer’s bail was set at $250,000, which he posted, with a preliminary examination set for Dec. 18.
See arraignment below:
Monica McBride, Renisha’s mother, said her faith in God is keeping her going. She also thanked supporters in Detroit and around the country for standing with the family.
“I want to thank the community for speaking out for justice on behalf of my daughter,” McBride said. “I know her father called him [Wafer] a monster. I’m not going to call him a monster. You [Wafer] said it was an accident. When you accidentally do something to someone, you say you’re sorry or you apologize. You did no accident. You took a life. You took a beautiful life that was starting to blossom into a beautiful woman. And for that, I hope you stay in jail for the rest of your life. Because I have to go on for the rest of my life…and her father…for the rest of our lives without our daughter.”
Worthy made it clear that no “reasonable” person feels threatened by an unarmed person through a locked door.
“Under Michigan law, there is no duty to retreat in your own home, however, someone who claims self defense must honestly and reasonably believe that he is in imminent danger of either losing his life or suffering great bodily harm, and that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent that harm,” Worthy said in a statement. “This ‘reasonable belief’ is not measured subjectively, by the standards of the individual in question, but objectively, by the standards of a reasonable person.”
See complete press conference below: