Homeowner That Shot Intruder Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder
August 7, 2014 12:47pm PST
As we reported in the end of July, a case dubbed “the next Trayvon Martin,”was on the rise. Without race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson butting in, this case did not get the same national attention as the Martin case, nor did it get the same results.
According to a recent ruling, Theodore Wafer, 55, has been found guilty in the murder of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. As the story goes, McBride had been driving drunk on the morning of November 2, 2013 where she ran into a parked car.
Upon exiting the vehicle, she reportedly walked about a half-mile before approaching Wafer’s door at about 4:30 in the morning. Once she reached the door however, this is where accounts of the situation differ as the prosecution simply states that McBride was looking for assistance where Wafer claims he thought she was trying to get in.
Either way, Wafer shot and killed McBride leading to his trial and overall conviction of second degree murder.
Apparently jurors sympathized more with the story of the prosecution as they described, “She was a young girl looking for help. What he did had to be immediately necessary and it wasn’t. It was reckless. It was negligent. I don’t know how to describe it. It was horrific. How about shutting the door? … How about calling 911? No, what he does is he engages. He creates the confrontation.”
Wafer’s defense however painted the incident a bit differently saying that as he lived on the outskirts of the crime-ridden Detroit, the homeowner didn’t have the luxury of asking before shooting as those crucial seconds could have meant his life. As defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said, “He armed himself. He was getting attacked. Put yourselves in his shoes at 4:30 in the morning.”
As prosecution labeled him as “paranoid,” the jury needed only three hours to deliberate the case in which they found Wafer to have used excessive and unnecessary force. He has not yet been sentenced.
Do you have the right to protect your house from intruders regardless of their intent, or is it your job, being the one that pulls the trigger, to ensure you’re killing someone for justified means? Feel free to let us know what you think of this instance by leaving a comment below.
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