Renisha McBride    

Updated Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 11:45 a.m.: Theodore P. Wafer, a 54-year-old suburban-Detroit homeowner, has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Renisha McBride, an unarmed black woman who Wafer claimed he believed was trying to break into his home.  

Wayne County, Ill., prosecutor Kym Worthy announced three charges against the homeowner on Friday, the most serious of which is murder in the second degree, AP reports.

The news comes on the heels of a toxicology report released Thursday stating that McBride had marijuana and alcohol in her system, AP reports.



Gerald Thurswell, the McBride-family attorney, said that the toxicology report has no bearing on the case as far as he's concerned. Prosecutor Kym Worthy apparently sided with Thurswell as she announced this afternoon that there was enough evidence to issues charges in the case, AP reports.

The report states that McBride's alcohol level was about 0.22 more than twice the legal limit for driving. Her blood also tested positive for the active ingredients in marijuana, AP reports.


Police believe that McBride was involved in a car accident several blocks north of the Dearborn home, where she would be found dead on the porch. Thurswell and the McBride family believe that she went to the home seeking help.

Thurswell said the homeowner called 911 after he shot McBride and it took police two minutes to respond.

"If he had called 911 when he heard her outside his house, they would have been there within two minutes and she would be alive today," Thurswell said. "Maybe she would have been arrested for being intoxicated, but she would not be dead."


Read more from the Associated Press here and here.