By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS – A settlement has been reached in the civil case against Theodore Wafer, 56, who shot and killed Renisha McBride, 19, on his porch in 2013.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Hathaway approved the civil settlement on June 12.
McBride’s mother, Monica McBride and father, Walter Ray Simmons, were both in court when the settlement was approved.
The attorneys for both Wafer and McBride did not release the financial information of the settlement due to a confidently agreement.
The incident between Wafer and McBride occurred on Nov. 2, 2013, when McBride, who was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, crashed her car about 1 a.m. in Detroit.
About 4:30 a.m. McBride knocked on the Wafer’s front and side doors seeking help. McBride’s whereabouts between the crash and when she arrived on foot at Wafer’s home in Dearborn Heights were unknown.
Wafer shot and killed McBride when he pointed his shotgun in her face through the screen door and pulled the trigger.
After he shot McBride, Wafer called police and explained he shot the woman on his front porch.
During his trial, Wafer said he shot McBride out of fear that she was an intruder and wanted to protect himself.
Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of at least 17 years that was handed down last September.
He also was convicted of manslaughter and using a firearm in a felony.
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