A Michigan judge ruled on Thursday morning that a white suburban Detroit homeowner should stand trial on charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a young black woman who banged on his door in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2 after she had been involved in a car accident.
Theodore Wafer, left, at his preliminary hearing on Wednesday. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to send Mr. Wafer to trial on a second-degree murder charge in the killing of Renisha McBride. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)
Judge David Turfe, of Wayne County District Court, said prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence that Theodore Wafer, 54, should stand trial on murder charges in the death of Renisha McBride, 19, who was killed on Mr. Wafer's front porch in Dearborn Heights.
Defense lawyers argued that Mr. Wafer feared for his life when he came to the door, but prosecutors said the shooting was not justified.
During the hearings, The Detroit Free Press reported, a woman testified that she saw Ms. McBride about three hours before the shooting at the scene of a car accident. The woman, Carmen Beasley of Detroit, said that Ms. McBride appeared "hurt and confused" after the car crash, unable to remember family telephone numbers. Ms. Beasley said that Ms. McBride walked away from the scene.
Source: The New York Times | MARCUS MABRY