Renisha McBride was drunk before being fatally shot on front porch

Renisha McBride1An unarmed Detroit woman shot dead on the front porch of a Dearborn Heights home was drunk when she knocked on the door at 3:40 a.m. on Nov. 2, according to newly released toxicology reports.

The findings come one day before Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is expected to announce charges against the 54-year-old homeowner, who said his 12-gauge shotgun accidentally went off when he mistook 19-year-old Renisha McBride for an intruder.

It’s unclear if McBride’s blood-alcohol level of .218% will change anything about the case.

Police said McBride hit a parked car in Detroit shortly before 1 a.m. and walked off. Neighbors called 911 several times but McBride was nowhere to be found when police showed up.
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It’s unclear what happened to McBride between 1 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. She was shot six blocks from where she crashed.

An autopsy report released Monday showed that McBride was not shot at close range, which makes a case for self-defense much more difficult.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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