Financial Settlement Reached In Detroit Man’s Fatal Porch Shooting of Black Teenage Woman

Theodore Wafer; Renisha McBride
Theodore Wafer; Renisha McBride

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against a suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch instead of calling police.

The Detroit Free Press reports a settlement was reached Friday in the civil case against 56-year-old Theodore Wafer, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2013 death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. A judge has approved the agreement.

Attorney Gerald Thurswell, who represents McBride’s parents, says a confidentiality agreement requires financial details stay secret.

McBride reportedly got into a car accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, and knocked on Wafer’s door, apparently seeking help. Wafer has said he thought she was an intruder and fired to protect himself.

Wafer was sentenced in September to at least 17 years in prison after the Dearborn Heights man told McBride’s family he would carry “guilt and sorrow forever.”

Wafer is white and McBride was black, and some wondered in the aftermath of the shooting whether race was a factor.

“The bottom line is that…no amount of money can ever compensate the family for the loss that they suffered each and every day, each and every minute,” Thurswell said, reports the paper. “They lost their daughter. They lost a sister.”

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