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Fla. man accused of killing wife; posted photo

Posted: August 9, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 8:00 a.m.
 

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man who authorities say fatally shot his wife — and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook — was charged with first-degree murder Thursday night after turning himself in.

Miami-Dade police said in an arrest affidavit that Derek Medina, 31, said he shot Jennifer Alfonso, 26, at their South Miami home after she said she was "leaving him." When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso's body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.

According to the affidavit, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Medina said the couple became involved in a heated argument in an upstairs bedroom when he armed himself with a gun and pointed it at her. He said Alfonso left the bedroom, returning later to say she was leaving him. He says he went downstairs and confronted her in the kitchen, when she began punching him. He claims he went back upstairs to get his gun and confronted her again, at which time she grabbed a knife. Medina said he was able to disarm her and put the knife in a drawer, but that when she began punching him again, he shot her several times, the affidavit says.

A post on a Facebook page identified as Medina's said at 11:11 .a.m. Thursday, "Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news."

The post claimed that his wife was punching him and that he wasn't going to stand any more abuse. However, YouTube videos linked to his Facebook page earlier this week show him working out in a martial arts studio, punching and kicking a heavy bag.

The next and final post — also at 11:11 a.m. and titled "Rip Jennifer Alfonso" — was a gruesome photograph showing a woman in black leotards slumped on the floor. She looked like she had fallen backward, with her legs bent to her sides and blood on her left arm and left cheek. The photo was up for more than five hours before Facebook removed the page late Thursday afternoon.

A Facebook spokeswoman said in an email to The Associated Press that she couldn't comment on a law enforcement investigation but could provide a general comment from the company.

"The content was reported to us," the spokeswoman wrote. "We took action on the profile — removing the content and disabling the profile, and we reached out to law enforcement. We take action on all content that violates our terms, which are clearly laid out on our site."

Police declined comment on the Facebook posts.

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