The jury, after deliberating for less than nine hours, finds Wafer guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. The jury rejects the possibility that the murder was in self defense. Her mother, Monica McBride on her daughter:
She was a regular teenager. She was well raised and brought up with a loving family, and her life mattered. And we showed that.
Seven days after the trial starts, Wafer tells his side of the story. He says he pulled the trigger because he needed to defend himself. Wafer on when he shot:
This person came out from the side of my house so fast. I raised the gun and shot.
Wafer’s trial begins. The defense describes how Wafer feared for his life after McBride banged on his door. He reached for a shotgun after not being able to locate his cell phone. The prosecutor on Wafer’s actions that day:
Unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable.
Wafer faces the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter for killing McBride. Wafer claims that it was self defense. If he is found guilty he could receive 15 years for second degree murder and more time for other charges. Prosecutor Kym Worthy:
We obviously do not feel that the evidence in this case reveals that the defendant acted in lawful self defense.
19-year-old McBride dies as a result of being shot on a homeowner’s porch. A 911 call comes in after 1 a.m. about a woman crashing into a parked car and leaving the scene. A woman sees McBride with a cut on her head. She tells the woman she wants to go home. Police do not come out because the incident is considered low priority. After another call is made, police arrive at the scene but McBride is not there. McBride makes her way to Wafer’s home and knocks on the door. He opens the door and shoots her at 3:40 a.m, and then calls 911. Gerald Thurswell, the attorney representing the family:
The bottom line in this whole case is that he was in his house, the door is locked, he has a phone. All he had to do was call 911. Maybe she would have been arrested because she was drunk – but she’d be alive.