It took a jury of 12 people less than two days to find Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man who shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in a fatal shooting, ABC News reports.
The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, began deliberations on Wednesday after nine days of testimony. Wafer, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21 and faces up to life in prison.
Before making its decision, the jury requested to see Wafer’s screen door and the shotgun used in the murder.
According to ABC News, “the screen door is comprised of a steel frame with a screen insert held in place by clips.” Police investigators reportedly testified that the screen insert was out of place when they arrived on the scene, the news station reports.
According to the Associated Press, a prosecutor used closing arguments Wednesday to emphasize that Wafer was the aggressor in the incident, noting that he had other options besides opening his door on that Nov. 2 morning; instead he became “judge, jury and executioner.”
McBride came to Wafer’s home after crashing her car into a parked car about a half-mile away. Witnesses testified that she had been disoriented and likely showed up to the Dearborn Heights, Mich., house looking for help. According to testimony, McBride was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Wafer told a very different version of the same story. According to AP, he testified that he was awakened after hearing an “unbelievable” pounding at both the front and side doors of his home. He investigated the noise, which included grabbing his 12-gauge shotgun and opening his door. He claims that McBride rushed him from the side of the porch and that he fired through the screen door, shooting her in the face and killing her.
“She was a young girl looking for help,” prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors, AP reports. “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?” Muscat said. “No, what he does is he engages. He creates the confrontation.”