DETROIT (WWJ) – Theodore Wafer never denied shooting McBride when she showed up drunk on his porch before dawn, but testified that he did so in self-defense after she pounded on his door and allegedly tried to break into his Dearborn Heights home on Nov. 2.
On Thursday, a jury returned their verdict against 55-year-old Wafer after less than two days of deliberations in a case that saw national attention, finding him guilty of second-degree murder.
The unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who had an extremely high blood-alcohol level and traces of marijuana in her system, was shot in the face three hours after she walked away from a car crash in Detroit — about a half-mile away from Wafer’s home.
Outside the courtroom McBride’s aunt , Bernita Spinks, spoke to WWJ Newsradio 950, saying it was wrong for him to kill her niece.
“It was wrong from him to kill her, he didn’t have to, (because) he had a phone, he could have called 911, she hadn’t broke into the house, she didn’t have a weapon, so she didn’t deserve to die,” said Spinks.