A trial date has been set for the Michigan man who fatally shot Renisha McBride through the screen door of his front porch last November.

On Wednesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway set Theodore Wafer’s trial date for July 21. It was initially scheduled for June.

Judge Qiana Lillard was originally presiding over the trial, but she was removed from the case last week because one of the prosecutors was listed as part of her campaign committee for the fall election.

Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, and has a related felony weapons charge in the death of 19-year-old McBride.

McBride was involved in a car accident shortly after midnight on Nov. 2. Witnesses say McBride looked dazed. She ended up on Wafer’s Dearborn Heights porch several hours later when Wafer shot her in the face.

Wafer’s attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, claims self-defense. McBride’s family lawyer, Gerald Thurswell, questions it given McBride’s appearance.

“She was 5-foot-4 inches tall, 19 years of age, had no weapon, had nothing in the whole world that could cause him to reasonably believe that he was in fear of grave bodily harm or death and no evidence of breaking or entering,” Thurswell told the Huffington Post last year.

A toxicology report showed McBride’s blood alcohol level at more than double the legal limit and traces of marijuana.

Wafer faces a maximum possible sentence of life for the second-degree murder charge and 15 years for manslaughter. He also faces an additional two years for the gun charge.


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