Now her killer can be named. Now that he is charged with committing an actual crime or something.
Here Is His Face. What He Looks Like. If you are curious. I refuse to download his mug and sully my precious hard drive with his likeness.
Sad to see Think Progress using the “homeowner” moniker. Yet. Even. And STILL.
The charges include murder in the second degree, which carries a term of up to life in prison; a manslaughter charge with a maximum term of 15 years in prison; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony or attempted commission, which carries a term of two years in prison.
Now I want you to look at the language carefully, before you start rejoicing.
Murder in the second degree: UP TO life in prison
Manslaughter: MAXIMUM 15 years in prison
Possession of a firearm blah blah etc: TWO YEARS IN PRISON
What I’m interested in is the minimum term for murder in the second degree, and also the minimum for manslaughter. If you ignore all the other laws I’m about to touch on, and should Theodore P. Wafer actually get sentenced (which is another whole can of worms) it looks like the only solid length of time he could spend for killing 19 year old Renisha McBride is:
Unless the minimums for either 2nd degree murder and manslaughter are higher that two years, which I don’t know, and don’t feel like researching right now. And I’m TIRED to the bone. WEARY of all of this, and we’re just getting started.
Not to mention lazy journalism. Hey, I’m just a blogger, not getting paid to like research and write articles, but the first thing I thought about was ok what are the minimums in this case? But Oh WELL.
Now for all the other pesky stuff you don’t want to think about:
It is now clear that Michigan’s Stand Your Ground-like laws did not stop prosecutors from charging Wafer. Wafer may, however, still seek immunity from charges at trial.
Ok so he can still use SYG to get immunity from charges? That’s how awesome those laws are trigger-happy murderers.
He could also use the state’s Stand Your Ground law to show that he reasonably believed force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.
How are they going to prove a 19 year old, injured and unarmed young woman at his front door = death or great bodily harm? Quite easily, because we’ve seen it all done before, over and over. They’ll start with the color of her skin and go from there.
I won’t mention the toxicology report they did on that dead young woman, but not on her killer, I won’t. But you think about that.
…when his lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter, spoke to the press, she said the shooting was “justified” and invoked the language of Michigan’s “Shoot First” laws that could immunize the homeowner from prosecution if he was acting in self-defense.
It was also mentioned in that articled that the “knocking” on the door sounded more like “banging”.
Hmm ok like that is supposed to mean anything. If I shot and killed everyone who banged on my front door…..
You see it is all these needling, little details that they toss out into the Universe. Those evil little words that don’t at first look to mean much. Why would they bother?
Because, like George Zimmerman’s lawyers, they are gearing up to paint a picture that would make anyone chosen on a jury think: Well OF COURSE he had to shoot her. He was well within his rights. He was terrified of the ravening beast banging at his door late at night and after all he was protecting his property too wasn’t he? This brave noble Homeowner!
Brief interlude for some thoughts:
Trayvon Martin was painted as a thug.
A few weeks before he was murdered, he was celebrating his mother’s birthday – riding horses. There is a picture of him on horseback, you just Google it on up if you don’t believe me. There is also a picture of him participating in some sort of Space Camp type dealy.
How many of you reading this rode horses on the regular? Is the horse riding activity part of your family’s lifestyle? Horse riding is a skill attained over time, with lessons and practice. Also, it ain’t cheap. How many have the access and wherewithal to expose your kids to extras like space camp?
Well I rode horses as a kid, and all of us siblings knew how to ride. Space camp wasn’t on the menu, but specialized (ie expensive), focused extracurriculars certainly were. I’d say, a solid middle class upbringing, with solid middle class educated parents who wanted to best for their kids. Just like Trayvon Martin.
But he was a thug and deserved to be murdered.
Remember that gated community that GZ was so hell-bent on protecting? All those well-to-do Americans living in safety and comfort in their big houses? Well Trayvon might have been visiting, but his father LIVED THERE. In that secure, comfortable gated community for the well-to-do.
But he was a thug. Millions of people to this very day see him as such, and not as a typical teen from a middle class family walking down the street.
And I won’t mention the tox screen done on GZ that was suppressed. He was hopped up on pharmaceuticals that night, freshly dumped by his wife, coming from an argument and spoiling for a fight. Won’t mention those things at all.
I also won’t mention that farce of a trial, the months he scampered around free from charges (sound familiar?), and how everyone was connected: From GZ’s retired judge father, the police, the lawyers on both sides, the trial judge – it was a joke. The only satisfaction I get right now, is oopsies! GZ isn’t paying his lawyers. They haven’t seen one thin dime for the performance they put on and I hope they never will.
There is one ray of sunshine in this whole Renisha McBride murder case – now that it is a murder case, only took two weeks this time – and it goes a little something like this:
There were no signs forced entry into the home. Prosecutor Worthy said during the press conference Friday that McBride had not attempted to forcibly enter the home.
For Wafer to successfully invoke immunity under what is known as the “Castle Doctrine,” which authorizes deadly force without a duty to retreat in one’s home, he would have to show that McBride was “in the process of breaking and entering a dwelling.”
However, if things are as connected up as they were in the Zimmerman trial, it won’t matter a lick. Because look at this headline as well:
Renisha McBride Update: Theodore Wafer, Mich. homeowner, charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter in teen’s shooting death
That is from CBS News. They, like Think Progress and pretty much all of the other “news” outlets, keep sending that byte out over and over:
Homeowner, homeowner, homeowner.
Oh but not:
Killer, killer, killer or murderer, murderer, murderer – not even when he’s been charged with it.
Like I said before, I watched that man change from being called shooter, and gunman to householder (how archaic!) and homeowner. Right. Before. My. Eyes. (I bet you did too)
Pictures painted in the press.
Here’s my headline:
Renisha McBride Update: Theodore Wafer, of Michigan, charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter in teen’s shooting death
Here’s Think Progress’ headline:
BREAKING: Homeowner Who Shot Girl Seeking Help At His Door Charged With Murder
BREAKING: Man Who Shot Young Woman Seeking Help At His Door Charged With Murder