Earlier this month Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter for the murder of Renisha McBride.
During the trial, Wafer testified he shot McBride in self-defense. On the condition the juror’s name is not revealed, a juror disclosed no one believed Wafer’s testimony. The determining factor that helped jurors reach a guilty verdict was Wafer’s conflicting statements. In the initial report, the 55-year-old man told police the shooting was an accident. However, once on the stand Wafer changed his story to self-defense.
In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, one juror said, “That hurt him big time.” The juror continued, “It’s a tough case. The jury doesn’t believe Wafer is a ‘bad guy,’ [but] what he did is wrong.”
The jurors of seven men and five women all agreed Wafer was guilty. Once there was a unanimous vote, the members of the jury had to decide whether or not Wafer would be convicted of second-degree murder or a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. The jurors requested to review Wafer’s gun as well as tape measure during the deliberations.
According to the juror, Wafer’s defense team focused on emotions, while prosecutors relied on the evidence.
The Detroit Free Press reached out to several other jurors, but they all declined to comment. Visit freep.com to read the full interview.