Theodore Wafer arraigned on felony charges in Renisha McBride death

(WXYZ) - The Dearborn Heights homeowner who is charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride was arraigned on three felony charges Friday afternoon.

Theodore Wafer, 54, was arraigned on 2nd Degree Murder, Manslaughter & firearms charges in connection to her death. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges against Wafer Friday morning.

His attorneys asked Judge Mark Plawecki to push back his preliminary hearing, saying that they have not seen all of the discoveries.

"This is the problem with this case is that there has been so much prejudgment and so much speculation," said Wafer's attorney Cheryl Carpenter.  "Until we get all the facts yet…we don't even have all of the facts yet."

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in the face on Wafer's front porch earlier this month.

The Dearborn Heights homeowner told police when he shot McBride he thought she was trying to break into his house. 

Carpenter told 7 Action News that Wafer is remorseful for what happened to McBride.

"You could see it was weighing on him.  I mean, he realizes the extent of what happened that night," said Carpenter.

His attorneys say he had no criminal record, except for a couple of DUIs 20 years ago.  The 54-year-old also held a job at Wayne County Airport with a high security clearance.

The judge set his bond at $250,000 cash surety. 

During a news conference Friday morning Kym Worthy said, "We do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense."

Her family believes she was trying to get help after crashing her car.

A report released Thursday by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office showed that McBride had a blood alcohol level of .218 %.  That is almost three times the legal limit.

However, the family of McBride and their attorney say that did not give the homeowner the right to shoot her.

Friday evening, Wafer bonded out of jail. 

 

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