Renisha McBride – Autopsy And New Discoveries
Renisha McBride, 19, was shot to death on November 2, 2013 by a homeowner in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. According to an autopsy released on Monday, McBride was shot in the face.
Assistant Medical Examiner Kilak Kesha ruled Renisha’s death a homicide, and documented findings that
“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 wound tract passes through the soft tissue and bones of the face and entered the brain. Associated with this injury were skull fractures and bleeding around the brain. The would track was from front to back and right to left. Multiple lead pellets and fragments or wad were recovered from the brain and retained.”
There are no reports on how many times the shooter fired the gun.
Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the prosecutor’s office is waiting for several items relating to the investigation from the Dearborn Heights Police Department. The Prosecutor’s office has begun the warrant review process.
Renisha’s funeral was this past Friday. It was a closed casket funeral. Her mother, Monica McBride took a moment to face news reporters after her daughter’s funeral Friday, but she couldn’t speak.
ABC Action 7 News out of Detroit reports recent discoveries in the investigation. Renisha had an accident in her Ford Taurus, six blocks away from where she was shot and killed. The front end of her car had severe damage. Investigators do not know what happened in the two hours from the time of the accident and the time that Renisha was shot and killed, but they are working on getting her phone records to see who she called. At least one person has reported receiving a phone call from Renisha after the accident, and Renisha told that person that her face was bleeding, and she wanted to go home.
Toxicology reports have not been completed, but a preliminary blood test reveals that alcohol was in Renisha’s blood. Investigators have Renisha’s vehicle, and State police are taking more photos.
To see the Medical Examiner’s report, click here.