Will Renisha McBride’s Toxicology Report Sway Public Sentiment?

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Demonstrators protest the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride outside the Dearborn Heights Police Station

UPDATE: 4:18 P.M. EST, 11/15/2013

As reported, charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter have been filed against Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, in the death of Renisha McBride on Nov. 2. However, will the recent revelation that her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of her death affect how his prosecution plays out, especially if it gets to a jury?

On “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, legal analyst Midwin Charles explained that it might. “What I think it may do is alter the perception of who this woman is, in terms of … how people view the victim. You can remember in the Trayvon Martin shooting, a lot of people started to kind of alter their view of who Trayvon Martin was when it was said they found marijuana in his system.”

Hear what else she had to say about the revelation, in the video clip below.

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UPDATE: 11:38 P.M. EST, 11/14/2013

Renisha McBride’s toxicology results reveal that the 19-year-old had a blood-alcohol level of .218 — more than twice the legal limit, reports CBS News.

Gerald Thurswell, the attorney representing McBride’s family, said the results shouldn’t affect whether or not Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy decides to bring charges against the 54-year-old homeowner who killed the teen.

“The bottom line in this whole case is that he was in his house, the door is locked, he has a phone,” said Thurswell of the man, who has yet to be identified.” All he had to do was call 911. Maybe she would have been arrested because she was drunk – but she’d be alive.”

Worthy is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. to address the case.


DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An autopsy on a 19-year-old black woman killed on a suburban Detroit porch where she’d reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash confirms that she died of a gunshot wound to her face.

RELATED:  Warrant Review Underway In Renisha McBride Case

Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was fatally shot Nov. 2 in predominantly white Dearborn Heights.

Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying McBride was targeted because of her race.

The unnamed homeowner has told investigators he thought someone was trying to break into his home and that he accidentally discharged his shotgun.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office report released Monday ruled McBride’s death was a homicide.

Prosecutors say they’re reviewing whether to charge the homeowner, a 54-year-old man.

Messages seeking comment were left with police and the homeowner’s attorney.

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