They found McBride’s body on the porch.
Evidence shows McBride knocked on the locked screen door, Worthy said, and there was no forced entry. The interior front door was open, and Wafer fired through “the closed and locked screen door,” said Worthy, who declined to discuss many details about the investigation.
“We do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense,” she added.
Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must show that his or her life was in danger.
Wafer was arraigned Friday afternoon on the murder and manslaughter charges as well as a felony weapons charge. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 18.
One of Wafer’s lawyers, Matt Carpenter, in seeking a lower bond, told the judge his “client has a very strong defense.”
Wafer is a 10-year employee at a local airport and has a clean record except for having been in court for past drunken-driving cases, Carpenter said.
A toxicology report released Thursday showed McBride, a 2012 Southfield High School graduate, had a blood alcohol content of about 0.22, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Her blood also tested positive for the active ingredient in marijuana.
Wafer’s brick bungalow is located in northeast Dearborn Heights, a town adjacent to Detroit and a diverse area that’s home to white, black and Arab-American residents. The neighborhood consists mostly of well-kept bungalows and small ranches, and is near a community college branch campus and a mosque. A neighbor told the AP this week that Wafer lived alone.
Civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, have held numerous local rallies and vigils since Nov. 2.
, and protesters have compared the case to the death of Martin, who was black and unarmed. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted in July of second-degree murder.