Judge Removed from Porch Shooting Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge has removed another judge from a case of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot an unarmed woman last fall on his porch.

Wayne County Circuit Chief Judge Pro Tem Timothy Kenny removed Judge Qiana Lillard on Friday from the case of Theodore Wafer, and another judge will be selected by blind draw. Defense attorneys argued Lillard's previous employment with the prosecutor's office and associations with employees create an appearance of impropriety.

Kenny cited involvement of one of the prosecutors in Lillard's re-election campaign.

Wafer shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride at his Dearborn Heights home and is charged with second-degree murder. He believed McBride was trying to break in.

Prosecutors say Wafer should have called police instead of shooting. McBride was drunk and in a car crash three hours earlier.


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