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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  • constance

    I have been reading about this case and the defense has made it perfectly clear what their strategy will be, they are going on a full scale character assault. They are going to question where she was for the three hours in between the time she left her car and from the time she wound up on her killers porch. They will also bring up whatever criminal history she may have, I think that there is a picture of her circulating of her holding a gun and smiling. Of course she wasn’t holding any weapon when she was on her killer’s porch, but it wont matter.

    The defense will paint her as being responsible for her own death. And depending on the racial composition of the jury, it just might work.

    • Trayvon all over again.

    • lil ray

      Yep but let’s pray that the jury wont fall for it.

  • Anthony

    What happened to my first post?

    I’ll just say that I am sick of white men with guns saying they are afraid of unarmed blacks. That goes triple for Theodore Wafer, who was armed and inside his house when he shot a 5’4″ woman who knocked on his door!

  • ALM247

    Chile, my post about the conflict of interest with the judge was deleted. What’s going on Clutch?

  • Vag Owner

    soooooooooo no black ppl marching?