Theodore Wafer will be tried for second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm charges, Michigan judge, David Turfe ordered today.
Wafer is the Dearborn, Michigan man who shot unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the early hours of November 2nd after she knocked on his door seeking help after a car accident. Wafer's attorneys claim the 54-year-old feared for his life and acted in self defense, however Judge Turfe came to a different conclusion.
"We can't allow (someone) to use a bad decision as a shield to criminal prosecution...the defendant made a bad choice," the judge said, "He chose to shoot rather than not answer the door."
Wafer shot McBride in the head. Hs lawyer pointed to Michigan's 2006 self-defense law. "You don't know how many people are out there," she said. "There's violent banging on the front door. We have a man alone in his home."
An assistant prosecutor said the idea that a person who was "afraid" would answer the door first and call the police later is "ridiculous."
There is no set date for the trail.
- Red Carpet