Prosecutor awaits test results before weighing possible charges in death of Renisha McBride
5:23 PM, Nov 11, 2013
6:20 PM, Nov 11, 2013
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The case has captured the attention of metro Detroit and the nation and tonight, the Wayne County Prosecutor says they are still reviewing whether to charge a 54-year-old Dearborn Heights man who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride when she knocked on his door asking for help.
Sources tell me, the prosecutor is awaiting test results on the shotgun, cell phone records and toxicology on the young lady.
This case started at the corner of Majestic and Bramell, on Detroit's west side.
Police say a call came in at 12:57 am that a female was "speeding." She hit a parked car and fled on foot.
At 1:23 am another call, the driver was back and appeared intoxicated or she could have been dazed from the crash.
She ended up walking some 6 blocks across Warren, into Dearborn Heights and to the house where she would be shot and killed.
Dearborn Heights police got the call at 4:30 am, 3 1/2 hour after the crash. Police sources say that big time gap is a mystery.
A friend of Renisha's family says they've been told Renisha went into a house near her crash. She was disoriented, bleeding, said she wanted to go home and walked out.
Her cell phone went dead, it has not been found, but records are being checked.
The autopsy shows Renisha was shot in the face, not at close range.
Renisha's funeral was last week. It was a closed casket. Her parents said then they support the police and the prosecutor.
We know the name of the homeowner who killed her, but we are not releasing it because the case is pending. He has not been charged.
His attorney has said he was in fear, thinking someone was breaking into his house in the middle of the night.
His statement to police is the key. Did he say he was in fear? Did he say the gun was fired deliberately or accidentally? And more importantly, was his state of mind reasonable, under the circumstances.