Detroit— A Dearborn Heights homeowner convicted in the shooting death of a teen on his porch is being held in a general population cell at the Wayne County Jail and is being watched closely, officials said.
Theodore Wafer “is not in isolation,” said Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail.
After the jury returned guilty verdicts Thursday on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the filling of 19-year-old Detroiter Renisha McBride, Wafer’s defense attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, pleaded with Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway to not send her client to the Wayne County jail, saying he will not be safe there.
The judge disagreed, revoked his bond and ordered him immediately remanded to the jail.
In a radio interview Friday, Carpenter said she plans to appeal the conviction on “several issues.”
Carpenter also expressed concern Wafer will not be protected behind bars because other inmates will think the McBride shooting was a “racist act,” leaving Wafer open to possible harm.
She later told The Associated Press that Wafer is “shocked” by the verdict and deeply remorseful over McBride’s death.
“We might not agree with what he did or how he did it, but he was honest with what he told us about that night,” she said.
Wafer, who is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 20, faces life imprisonment.
“Even if he gets 15 years, that’s essentially a life sentence for him,” Carpenter told the AP, noting Wafer’s age.
Jurors deliberated about eight hours over two days before they convicted Wafer. They have declined comment on their decision.
McBride was killed on Wafer’s porch in the early morning of Nov. 2. He called 911 around 4:42 a.m. to report he had just shot someone on his front porch who had been banging on his door.
Wafer’s attorney argued he feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot and thought there was more than one person on his porch.