Saturday, November 16, 2013
CBS News reported yesterday,
According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, McBride was driving a white Ford sedan when she hit a parked car in Dearborn Heights at about 12:57 a.m. on Nov. 2.
“McBride was observed to have blood on her body and appeared to be disoriented when she left the scene on foot,” the statement reads.
At 4:42 a.m. police received a 911 call reporting a fatal shooting at Wafer’s home. Once on the scene, police “observed the lifeless body of Ms. McBride in the front porch area of the defendant’s house.”
The statement continues: “McBride was found with a large gunshot wound to her face. It is alleged that Ms. McBride was unarmed when she was shot by the defendant as she knocked on the front screen door of the house. There were no signs of forced entry at the location.”
Theodore Wafer (54) has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. He shot her in the face through a locked screen door.
According to the autopsy report, she was not shot at close range. This is a materially significant fact to the outcome of this case because, together with the locked door, it suggests that the shooter was not in imminent danger of suffering death or serious bodily injury when he fired the shotgun and he cannot rely on the castle doctrine because she was outside the home and not attempting to break-in.
The high alcohol content in her blood and the possibility that she may have smoked marijuana sometime in the past are irrelevant to a claim of self-defense, unless the shooter knew she was impaired when he fired his shotgun.
A big unanswered question in this case is where was Renisha McBride and what was she doing during the 4-hour period between the accident and the shooting. The two locations are about a half-mile apart.
However, like the high blood alcohol content (0.218), the answer is irrelevant to a claim of self-defense, if the shooter did not know about it.
Apparently, the shooter did not claim self-defense. Instead, he told police that the shooting was an accident.
Changing his defense to self-defense would be problematic because it would indicate dishonesty.
No doubt the racist right wing hate machine will attempt to make a big deal out of the irrelevant information and a hero out of the shooter. That strategy worked in Florida.
Whether it will work in Michigan remains to be seen.
Theodore McBride is in custody. Bail has been set at $250,000.