An autopsy report for the 19-year-old woman allegedly slain by a homeowner while possibly trying to get help after an accident shows she was shot in the face, not at close range.
Renisha McBride was killed Nov. 2 in Dearborn Heights, Mich. She had a car accident in neighboring Detroit earlier in the night, and her family believes she went to a house seeking help after her phone died. She was shot in the face at the home and died.
In an autopsy report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, her death was ruled a homicide.
“There was an entrance shotgun wound to the face, with no evidence of close-range discharge of a firearm noted on the skin surrounding this wound," the report states.
McBride's clothing was wet, the report also reveals.
The homeowner, a 54-year-old man who lives alone, believed someone was breaking and entering the night McBride found his doorstep.
"On that night he was woken up. ... Everything was dark in the house, and he was awoken by sounds of a person or persons trying to get into his home," said his lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter.
At first, the trigger-happy, lawful gun owner turned murderer said it was an accidental discharge.