Detroit Homeowner to Stand Trial in Deadly Porch Shooting

Killed woman who knocked on door in middle of the night


A white suburban Detroit homeowner will stand trial on charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a young, black woman who knocked on his door in the middle of the night in November, a Michigan judge said on Thursday.

Prosecutors presented sufficient evidence for Theodore Wafer, 54, to stand trial on charges that he killed Renisha McBride, 19, in the early morning hours of November 2, Wayne County District Court Judge David Turfe said.

The racially charged case in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, triggered protests that attracted national attention and drew comparisons to the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.