Michigan court throws out part of conviction in 2013 shooting death of Renisha McBride

DETROIT – A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a young woman on his porch will get a new sentencing hearing after the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out part of his conviction on Wednesday.

The court said Ted Wafer’s constitutional rights were violated when a jury was allowed to convict him of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2013 death of Renisha McBride.

“We are not aware of any cases in this state in which defendants were convicted and received penalties for second degree murder and manslaughter on the basis of a single murder,” Judge David wrote. Viviano.

This is a significant result for Wafer as its murder conviction guidelines have been bolstered by the manslaughter conviction. He served almost eight years of a minimum prison sentence of 17 years, which includes a conviction for the use of a firearm.

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The case will return to Wayne County Court. The district attorney’s office will seek the same sentence, spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

Wafer, now 63, opened his front door in Dearborn Heights and shot 19-year-old McBride through a screen door before dawn. He said he was woken up by knocking and feared for his life, although he did not call 911 first. A jury rejected his claim of self-defense.

Prosecutors speculated that McBride, who had crashed her car hours earlier, may have been confused when she arrived on Wafer’s porch.

Wafer is white and McBride was black; some people questioned in the aftermath of the shooting whether race was a factor, comparing it to the 2012 shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. But race was barely mentioned at trial.

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