Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man who shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, has been found guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in a fatal shooting.
The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, took less than two days to reach a verdict after nine days of testimony.
McBride came to Wafer's house after crashing her vehicle into a parked car. According to witnesses, McBride was disoriented and was likely seeking help, and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
The Associated Press reports that Wafer testified "that he was awakened after hearing an "unbelievable" pounding at both the front and side doors of his home. He investigated the noise, which included grabbing his 12-gauge shotgun and opening his door. He claims that McBride rushed him from the side of the porch and that he fired through the screen door, shooting her in the face and killing her.
"She was a young girl looking for help," prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors, AP reports. "What he did had to be immediately necessary and it wasn't. It was reckless. It was negligent. I don't know how to describe it. It was horrific.
"How about shutting the door? ... How about calling 911?" Muscat said. "No, what he does is he engages. He creates the confrontation."
Wafer is scheduled to be sentenced August 21, and faces up to life in prison.