Renisha McBride’s Blood Alcohol Level Was Triple The Legal Limit at Time of Shooting

| by Allison Geller

Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Detroit woman who was shot and killed on a homeowner’s porch where she was seeking help after a car accident on Nov. 2, was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

A toxicology report released by the Wayne County medical examiner’s office shows that McBride had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent, nearly triple the Michigan legal limit of 0.08 percent, Reuters reported. The autopsy also indicates that McBride had marijuana in her system, but a re-test is required to confirm.

Controversy continues to swirl around McBride’s death, with some calling it a racially-motivated homicide comparable to the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of a white Neighborhood Watch volunteer. Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” gun laws have also come under fire.

Gerald Thurswell, the attorney representing McBride’s family, does not think that the fact that McBride was drunk will change the outcome of her case. He told CBS News’ Crimesider that the fact that McBride was intoxicated “probably makes her less of a physical threat to anybody.”

“The bottom line in this whole case is that he was in his house, the door is locked, he has a phone,” Thurswell said of the homeowner. “All he had to do was call 911. Maybe she would have been arrested because she was drunk — but she’d be alive.”

Audio obtained by the Detroit News confirms that the homeowner called 911 at 4:45 a.m. and told officers that he thought he had just shot someone on his porch.

“Just received a 911 call from a male [who] thinks he just shot someone on his porch. … Then he hung up; we’re trying to call back,” the female dispatcher said. The report was then confirmed, and officers soon arrived on the scene.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will announce today whether the homeowner will face charges for McBride’s death.

Source: Reuters, CBS News, Detroit News