Michigan Supreme Court denies appeal in fatal porch shooting

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 16:12:10-05

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Supreme Court has denied a Detroit-area man’s request for a new trial in the 2013 fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.

The court said Friday that it would not review Theodore Wafer’s argument that jurors should have been given instruction that said he shot Renisha McBride because her actions showed she was breaking into his house.

Wayne County Judge Dana Hathaway explained self-defense to jurors but rejected that specific instruction. Hathaway said the evidence didn’t show that McBride, who was drunk and had crashed her car, was trying to break into Wafer’s home.

Michigan’s appeals court upheld Hathaway’s decision.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman dissented in Friday’s order, writing that Wafer was “deprived of a critical protection at trial” which “prejudiced the outcome.”