Florida Man Pleads Not Guilty In Facebook Killing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his wife, whose bloody corpse was depicted in photos he later posted on Facebook.

Derek Medina (L) with wife Jennifer Alfonso
Source | Facebook

Associated Press Release
By CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his wife, whose bloody corpse was depicted in photos he later posted on Facebook.

Prosecutors also said Wednesday no decision has been made on whether to seek the death penalty for 31-year-old Derek Medina in the Aug. 8 shooting death of 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso. Medina's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defense and that Alonso was the aggressor.

Medina did not speak during the brief hearing. His plea was entered by one of his attorneys.

Prosecutors say evidence shows Medina had vowed to kill his wife if she ever attempted to leave him and that she was cowering when shot. Medina told detectives he posted the Facebook photos so family could see what had happened.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami man accused of fatally shooting his wife before posting a photo of her corpse on Facebook has been formally charged with first-degree murder.

A grand jury indicted 31-year-old Derek Medina last week. A hearing was held for the new charge on Monday, with a plea hearing set for Wednesday. Medina had previously pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm.

Medina told detectives after his arrest that he was acting in self-defense when he shot 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso on Aug. 8 at their South Miami home. But a police detective testified at an October hearing that forensic evidence indicates Alonso was on her knees with one arm raised in front of her at the time of the shooting.

Messages seeking comment from Medina's attorney weren't immediately returned.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A bail hearing is set for a South Florida man accused of fatally shooting his wife and posting pictures of her corpse on Facebook.

The hearing Tuesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court will give 31-year-old Derek Medina's lawyer a chance to argue that he should be released before trial. Most defendants charged with murder in Florida do not qualify for bail, but there are exceptions.

Medina told police he killed his wife, 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso, in self-defense because she was attacking him and threatened him with a knife. He said in a police statement he posted the photos of her body on Facebook to let family members know what happened.

Medina has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm in the Aug. 8 shooting in South Miami.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Investigators say Facebook postings are giving them clues about what led to the shooting of a 26-year-old South Miami.

According to documents released Tuesday, Jennifer Alonso wrote on Facebook that her husband had overslept and missed a date night with her the evening before the Aug. 8 shooting.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1hjcN6B ) reports Alonso wrote to a friend that 31-year-old Derek Medina had called her names and she felt like she wanted to leave the relationship.

Minutes later, authorities say Medina fired six rounds into Alonso in the kitchen of their townhome. Then, he posted a photo of her body on Facebook, writing "you'll see me in the news" before turning himself in to police.

Medina pleaded not guilty and is tentatively scheduled for trial on Nov. 4.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A newly released search warrant reveals a South Miami man told detectives he shot his wife five to six times before posting a confession and a picture of her bloody body on Facebook.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/16XStDT ) reports detectives took two Samsung cellphones, three Dell computers and an iPad from Derek Medina's townhome after the Aug. 8 shooting. The warrant also shows they seized a Taser stun gun, a Bersa Thunder .380-caliber pistol and two other pistols and ammunition and a large knife from the kitchen.

Police say Medina killed 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso during an argument. Her 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was not injured.

Medina told police Alfonso threatened him with a knife.

Median is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 29.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Three South Florida attorneys will represent a man accused of killing his wife and then posting pictures of her body on Facebook.

A judge on Friday approved a request for preservation of evidence in the case against 31-year-old Derek Medina. The attorneys took over from the Public Defender's Office, which initially represented Medina.

Authorities say Medina posted a Facebook status on Aug. 8 in which he confessed to killing 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Moments later, a gruesome photo appeared on the page of a woman slumped on the floor. Medina later told police he had gotten into an argument with Alfonso that day.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/13qrR12 ) reports Medina sat silently in court, wearing a red jumpsuit and shackles around his wrists and ankles.

An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com


Associated Press Release

By KELLI KENNEDY and MICHAEL MISHAK

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man who authorities say killed his 26-year-old wife then apparently posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook is being held without bond.

Derek Medina appeared before Miami Judge Maria Elena Verde via video Friday to face the first-degree murder charge against him. He was wearing a green jumpsuit.

The public defender's office was appointed to represent the 31-year-old Medina, who turned himself in to police on Thursday after Jennifer Alfonso was fatally shot inside the couple's home in South Miami.

A neighbor at the townhome community where Medina and Alfonso lived said Friday that Medina told him he possessed a concealed weapon permit and was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the complex.


Associated Press Release
By: SUZETTE LABOY and DAVID FISCHER

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 -- has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police said in an arrest affidavit Thursday that 31-year-old Derek Medina says he shot 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso several times at their South Miami home after she punched him repeatedly and wielded a knife He tells police that he had armed himself with a gun during a verbal dispute when 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.

A post on a Facebook page identified as Medina's says, "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife." The photo was up for more than five hours before it was removed by Facebook.

A South Florida man who authorities say fatally shot his wife -- and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook -- turned himself into police Thursday.

Derek Medina, 31, told officers he had shot Jennifer Alfonso, 26, at their South Miami home, Miami-Dade police reported in a news release. When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso's body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.

Detectives didn't immediately give a motive and didn't address the Facebook post. Charges were pending.

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, on her back with her legs bent backward 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."

Public records show that Medina and Alfonso first married in January 2010, divorced in February 2012 and then remarried three months later. Medina bought the condominium unit where the couple lived in March 2012 for $107,000.

On his Facebook page, Medina claimed to be a supervisor at a property management company and to have appeared in the Miami-based crime drama "Burn Notice," though his name doesn't appear in online credits for the show.

Photos posted by Medina on Wednesday show the family enjoying a meal alongside an unnamed marina and lounging beside a swimming pool.

Police had the area around the condo complex where the couple lived, in a suburb south of downtown Miami, taped off Thursday evening. The complex is made up of yellow-peach colored townhouses with faded wood roofs.

Several cars filled the near-empty parking area in front of the townhouses as police questioned neighbors and possibly friends of the victim. Some of those gathered were crying.

Neighbor Phil Eby said he didn't know the couple very well but expressed surprise at the shooting.

"I met him a couple of times. He seemed like a pretty nice guy," Eby said. "But I don't remember her at all."

It wasn't immediately clear if Medina had an attorney.


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