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Renisha McBride's killer convicted in Detroit

Theodore Wafer was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride.

A jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women convicted the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man.

Wafer will be sentenced Aug. 21.

After the verdict, Monica McBride, Renisha's mother, praised the prosecution.

"Her life mattered and we showed that," she said about her daughter.

Asked what he would say to the jury, Renisha's father, Walter Simmons said: "Thank you, thank you."

The defense had argued that Wafer's actions were in self defense, saying he was scared after hearing banging on his side and front doors. The prosecution has said Wafer shot McBride through a locked screen door. They said Wafer came to the door with a loaded shotgun, released the safety, raised it at her, pulled the trigger and "blew her face off."

McBride, 19, was killed at about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2 on Wafer's porch.

During closing arguments on Wednesday, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Patrick Muscat said Wafer "wanted a confrontation."


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