Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges for Man Suspected of Killing Renisha McBride

Ted Wafer is not yet in custody.

By Aura Bogado Nov 15, 2013

The man suspected of killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride nearly two weeks ago outside of Detroit, Michigan, has been charged. In a press conference today, Dearborn prosecutor Kym Worthy announced that 54-year-old Ted Wafer will be charged with three counts: second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

Worthy explained Michigan’s self defense law, and why it doesn’t apply in this case, stating that her office does "not believe that [Wafer] acted in self-defense." Reporters asked several questions about that law in particular, but the prosecutor made clear that she did not want to make political statements at this time. McBride is black and Wafer is white–and activists have drawn similarities to this case and George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin. Worthy made clear, however, that she does not believe this case has anything to do with the race of those involved. 

Wafer, who Worthy stated has been cooperative with authorities, has not yet been arrested. He’s expected to turn himself in later today.