Man charged for Renisha McBride's death wants a new judge - FOX 35 News Orlando

Man charged for Renisha McBride's death wants a new judge

Posted: Updated:
WJBK - Lawyers for a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his front porch want a new judge to hear the case.

Court filings show Theodore Wafer plans an aggressive defense against a second-degree murder charge. Some pre-trial issues will be discussed Friday.

Wafer's attorneys say he fatally shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride because he believed she was breaking into his Dearborn Heights home. She'd crashed her car a half-mile away three hours earlier.

Wafer wants Wayne County Judge Qiana Lillard to recuse herself because she was a prosecutor until last summer. The defense says she's Facebook friends with prosecutors in the case, and other prosecutors support her campaign.

"To get rid of a judge, you have to show that the judge has actual bias somehow, or that the judge is personally involved in this case. I doubt the judge is personally involved in this case, so that means they're going to have to come up with some reason to show that the judge is so biased that [she] could never possibly in the world be fair," FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton weighs in.

Wafer wants jurors to see photos from McBride's phone showing her with marijuana and a gun. The defense says McBride's lifestyle and trait for aggression should be considered at the trial.

The prosecution disagrees.

"Well, Renisha isn't here to testify so there's no credibility on her side. The only thing that's relevant is what he knew about her and what she did on that porch," says McBride's attorney Gerald Thurswell.

Trial is set for June 2.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Ron SavageRon SavageMore>>

  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-27 01:48:03 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices