TODAY   |  November 16, 2013

Detroit homeowner charged in teen’s shooting death

Michigan man Theodore Wafer has been charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old who allegedly came to his house for help after a car accident. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> a detroit man behind bars this morning facing second-degree murder charges in a case drawn national attention. police say he shot and killed a young woman who came to his house possibly looking for help after a car accident . here is kevin tibbles.

>> reporter: the funeral of a detroit teenage, 19-year-old mcbride killed after being shot in the face in the middle of the night on the front steps of a home in suburban detroit heights.

>> i just shot someone on my front porch with a shotgun.

>> reporter: police were on the scene at 4:46 a.m .

>> somebody down on the porch.

>> reporter: the man who lived in that home, 54-year-old theodore wafer, now faces murder charges. according to police, renisha mcbride who worked at ford had smashed into another vehicle with her car at 12:57 a.m . witnesses say she wandered away from the scene and nearly four hours later, she was dead from a shotgun wound just a few blocks away. in the days following, protesters gathered comparing her death to the trayvon martin case .

>> justice.

>> reporter: mcbride 's family say she was likely just seeking help.

>> i can't imagine in my wildest dreams what that man feared from her. to shoot her in her face.

>> reporter: a toxicology report shows mcbride was nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. and that she had traces of marijuana in her blood. while michigan does not have the same stand your ground law discussed in the trayvon martin case , theodore wafer could claim self-defense.

>> he has to show that he was in fear and thought she was breaking in and she was a danger to him and his family and his home.

>> reporter: one community activist says mcbride 's family does not want her death to be a matter of race.

>> any 19-year-old girl might be in a similar situation and that should bring us together as a community to demand justice and not separate us at all.

>> reporter: for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago.