Civil lawsuit filed against Theodore Wafer for fatal shooting of Renisha McBride
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FILE- In this undated file photo is the cover of a funeral program showing 19-year-old Renisha McBride from a service in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News)AP
DETROIT, MI — While 55-year-old Theodore Wafer awaits his sentence, the parents of his victim, Renisha McBride, 19, of Detroit, have filed a civil lawsuit, according to online Wayne County Circuit Court records.
The lawsuit was filed on the behalf of McBride’s estate Tuesday and the first status conference is scheduled for Nov. 18.
The wrongful death lawsuit is seeking nearly $10 million in damages, the Detroit News reports.
A jury on Aug.7 found Wafer guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felonious use of a firearm stemming from the death of McBride.
Wafer, who claimed self defense, unlocked and opened his door, then shot McBride in the head with a shotgun from a few feet away on Nov. 2.
Wafer said McBride was violently pounding on his front and side doors, that he feared for his life but never meant to shoot her and didn’t believe the gun was loaded.
He’d hoped only to scare away whom he believed to be multiple people trying to break into his Dearborn Heights home.
Wafer now faces up to life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 3.