Suburban Detroit man who shot unarmed woman is convicted of 2nd-degree murder


Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, Michigan in this file photo taken January 15, 2014. Wafer, a white suburban Detroit homeowner who shot to death a black teenage girl on his front porch said he intended to shoot but was acting out of fear and not aiming at her. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)
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Jury convicts man who shot unarmed woman

A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter Thursday in the killing of an unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life when he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night and had acted in self-defense.

Theodore Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride, 19, through a screen door on Nov. 2, hours after she crashed into a parked car a half-mile from his house. No one knows why she ended up at the Dearborn Heights home, although prosecutors speculated she may have been seeking help.

The jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder, manslaughter and a gun-related charge after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. Wafer will be sentenced on Aug. 21. He faces up to life in prison.

— Associated Press

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Ebola drug restrictions eased

Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use against an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa.

Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modified a hold recently placed on the company’s drug after safety issues emerged in human testing. The company has a $140 million contract with the U.S. government to develop its drug TKM-Ebola, which targets the genetic material of Ebola. But last month the FDA halted a small study of the injection in adults to request additional safety information.

The move by FDA comes amid an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has sickened more than 1,700 people since March and killed nearly 1,000.

— Associated Press

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