by Corey Williams, the Huffington Post

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on the porch of a suburban Detroit home say they find it hard to believe their daughter posed a threat to the man charged in her death.

Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons, the parents of Renisha McBride address the media during a news conference in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Their daughter was shot on Nov. 2 in the face on Theodore P. Wafer's front porch in Dearborn Heights. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons, the parents of Renisha McBride address the media during a news conference in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Their daughter was shot on Nov. 2 in the face on Theodore P. Wafer’s front porch in Dearborn Heights. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Walter Ray Simmons and Monica McBride spoke publicly Friday after Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch.

“I can’t imagine what that man feared from her. I would like to know why,” Monica McBride said.

Police say Renisha McBride was shot a couple of hours after being involved in a nearby car accident on Nov. 2. Family members say the former high school cheerleader likely approached Wafer’s home for help. Wafer’s lawyer, Matt Carpenter, said the pre-dawn hour and McBride’s condition — a toxicology report found she had alcohol and marijuana in her system — contribute to his client’s “very strong defense.”

McBride’s parents are relieved to see the wheels of justice turning but can’t accept any claim to self-defense.

“I couldn’t accept no apology because my daughter don’t breathe no more,” said her father, Walter Ray Simmons. “I believe this man took my daughter’s life for no reason. We just want justice done.”

Wafer, 54, was arraigned Friday afternoon on the murder and manslaughter charges as well as a felony weapons charge. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 18.

Reneisha McBride was shot in the face while knocking on Theodore Wafer's door. Wafer was not arrested or charged until almost two weeks later.

Reneisha McBride was shot in the face while knocking on Theodore Wafer’s door. Wafer was not arrested or charged until almost two weeks later.

What happened between when McBride crashed into a parked vehicle several blocks north of Wafer’s neighborhood and the shooting remains unclear. Police received a 911 call from Wafer about 4:42 a.m., in which he tells the dispatcher: “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door.”

They found McBride’s body on the porch.

Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must show that his or her life was in danger.

Prosecutors say evidence shows McBride knocked on a locked screen door and did not try to force her way in. The interior front door was open, and Wafer fired through “the closed and locked screen door,” said prosecutor Kym Worthy, who declined to discuss details about the investigation.

“We do not believe he acted in lawful self-defense,” she added.

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