Theodore Wafer charged in
Detroit death of Renisha
McBride was interred in Detroit,
Michigan, on 8 November
A Detroit homeowner has been
charged with murder in the
shooting death of a black teenager
on his front porch.
Theodore Wafer, 54, shot Renisha
McBride, 19, in the face on 2
Ms McBride's family says she was
disoriented and seeking help after a car crash. She was drunk at the time of her death, a post-mortem showed.
Mr Wafer has said he feared she was breaking into his home, but that he shot her by accident. The case has sparked racial tension.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym
Worthy said on Friday she would
charge him with second-degree
murder and manslaughter, as well as with possession of a firearm during the attempted commission of a felony.
Ms Worthy said Ms McBride was shot in the face after she approached Mr Wafer's home for help.
Evidence shows the teen knocked on the locked screen door and there was no indication of forced entry, she said.
"These are the appropriate chargesand he did not act in lawful self-defence,'' Ms Worthy said.
Mr Wafer is not currently in custody, but prosecutors will ask him to turn himself in, Ms Worthy added. An arraignment date has yet to be set.
A toxicology report on Ms McBride
released on Thursday indicated she had a blood alcohol level of 0.218%, well above the state's drink-driving limit.
She was also found to have
marijuana in her body, although it
was not clear she had used the drug the day of her death.
A lawyer for Mr Wafer has said his
client was "torn up" by Ms McBride's death, but that he had feared for his life at the time.
Michigan is one of several US states with a so-called stand your ground law, which allows the use of deadly force if a person feels his or her life is in danger, though it is unclear whether that will be argued in this case.
She was shot as she stood on the
porch in the predominantly white
Dearborn Heights area shortly before 04:00 local time (09:00 GMT) on Saturday 2 November.
The Detroit Free Press reported
that a car registered to Ms McBride's family had crashed into a parked vehicle about two hours before the shooting, a few streets away.
It is unclear what happened in the
The case has attracted the attention of civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) and Michigan
congressman John Conyers.