Homeowner Charged in Porch Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Dearborn Heights man is arraigned on a 2nd-degree murder charge, accused in the shooting death of a woman came to his porch door following a car accident. The man says the shotgun discharged by accident.

Demonstrators protest against the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride outside the Dearborn Heights Police Station in Dearborn Heights, Michigan November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott


DETROIT (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a suburban Detroit homeowner in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on his porch.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Friday that 54-year-old Theodore P. Wafer of Dearborn Heights faces a charge of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride early on Nov. 2.

McBride was shot after police say they believe she was involved in a car accident nearby in Detroit and family members say she likely approached his home for help.

The Associated Press has left several messages with his attorney.

The shooting has prompted calls for justice and investigation from civil rights groups that say race was a factor. McBride was an African-American, Wafer's race has not been revealed by authorities.


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