June trial set for Mich. man in Renisha McBride shooting

Theodore Wafer, left, during his preliminary examination before District Court Judge David Turfe in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Dec. 18, 2013.

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DETROIT - A June trial has been scheduled for a Detroit-area man charged with second-degree murder for  shooting a young woman on his porch.

Theodore Wafer, 54, was arraigned Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court about a month after a judge in another court found probable cause to send him to trial. A not guilty plea was entered. His trial is scheduled to begin June 2 and Judge Qiana Lillard expects it to take two weeks.

Wafer shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride before dawn on Nov. 2. Court testimony shows that Wafer was about 3-feet from McBride when he pulled the trigger on his 12-gauge shotgun, shooting the teen in the face, reports CBS Detroit.


Renisha McBride
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 Wafer said he opened fire because he feared for his safety at his Dearborn Heights home. However, police said there were no signs of forced entry to the home.

Hours before her death, McBride smashed her car into a parked car about a half-mile away in Detroit. Witnesses say she was injured but walked away.

A toxicology report revealed McBride’s blood-alcohol content was roughly 0.22 percent - more than twice the .08 legal limit for driving in Michigan and eleven times the .02 legal limit for minors. The report also showed that McBride had marijuana in her system, reports CBS Detroit.

Wafer is out on bond while awaiting his trial.