A Wayne County District Court judge could decide today whether to order Theodore (“Ted”) Wafer of Dearborn Heights to stand trial in the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride on his porch last month. The preliminary hearing will be held at 9 a.m. at 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights. He is facing charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter – death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice, and felony firearm (which carries a mandatory 2 year minimum and must be ran consecutively to any other sentence).
This was a case in suburban Detroit (Dearborn Heights, right on the edge of southwestern Detroit), where the deceased, Ms. McBride, was highly intoxicated and disoriented. When she pounded on the door of Mr. Wafer in the early morning hours, he was alarmed. Wafer shot through his screen door, fatally wounding McBride. Wafer immediately called 911.
In the audio obtained by the Detroit Free Press, he says, “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door.” He gives the 911 operator his street address but hangs up before stating the city.
It was a controversial move to charge Ted Wafer with 2nd degree murder by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, but Kym Worthy is no stranger to controversy. Worthy has been involved in numerous shady cases, and has been the scrutiny of southeast Michigan for quite some time now. She has also been accused of misconduct on a bevy of occasions. Worthy has also been involved in high profile cases, including the criminal trial of Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-Detroit mayor, who was sentenced to state prison. Kilpatrick is now serving time in federal prison.