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The man who shot his wife 16 times and then posted a picture of her body on his Facebook page has been charged with first degree murder.
31-year-old Derek Medina, from Miami Florida, had initially been charged with second-degree murder, but his charges were upgraded at a hearing yesterday.
On August 8, 2013, Derek allegedly repeatedly shot and killed his wife, 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso, after getting into an argument. He then took a picture of his wife’s body and posted it with an admission on his Facebook page.
Derek then called his boss to confess to the crime. You can listen to his boss’ 911 call in the video below.
In the 911 call, Derek’s boss says that Derek told him that “it was too many years of abuse and she started to hit him and I guess he snapped and shot her.”
Derek then stopped by his aunt’s house before turning himself in to the police with his father at his side. Derek’s aunt told a detective that he told her he came by to tell her good-bye and that he was turning himself in because he had just shot his wife.
In a 26-page sworn statement to detectives, Derek claims that he shot Jennifer in self-defense after they got into a fight about him not waking up in time for their date night. He said he shot her after she continually punched him and pulled a knife on him. He says he took the knife away from her and put it back into the kitchen drawer before shooting her.
From his statement:
“I went downstairs, you know, confronted her, saw what she was doing and she had a knife in her hand…I grabbed her hand and grabbed the knife in my right hand, put it back in the drawer, she kept on punching me like crazy again and then I fired.”
Derek also says that Jennifer’s 10-year-old daughter was in the home when she was killed. Her daughter was unharmed.
“Well, she was still (unintelligible) and throwing punches even when I did shoot her a couple of times, she was still fighting. I put it upstairs in the closet again, on top of the pants and then I got some pants and jeans…I talked to my stepdaughter, I told her to keep this door closed, don’t come downstairs. I told her to stay there. Then I went downstairs, I took the picture, and then I just locked the door.”
He said he posted the photo of her body on Facebook to “notify her family members” and so that they would go over to the home to care for his step-daughter.
Also in the statement, Derek addresses why he decided to turn himself in.
“Cause I’m not a killer. And it was self-defense…I’m very — I honor my country, I honor my state, I honor my city of South Miami. I do not feel that I’m guilty and I feel like this was self-defense.”
Self defense? So he was unable to leave the home, but he was able to take the knife away from her and put it away before shooting her?
Jennifer’s best friend also calls BS on the self-defense claim, telling investigators that she saw injuries on Jennifer’s body on a monthly basis.
The medical examiner might also disagree with the self-defense theory. According to the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s report, Jennifer was shot several times in her left forearm, and several bullets traveled at a downward angle, including one that entered her chin. If the bullets entered at a downward angle, that certainly suggests to me that she was beneath him, with her arms up, perhaps trying to shield herself.
Oh, and get this. Derek told investigators that he was a professional boxer in 2007, and that he had held a 25-0 record as an amateur boxer. So he could get in the boxing ring with professional boxers, but had no choice to shoot his wife when she was allegedly punching him?
I try to remain unbiased until hearing all the evidence, but this guy is really something else, in my opinion. He kills his wife while her 10-year-old daughter is in the home, takes a picture of her body and posts it on Facebook, and now wants to claim self-defense? His actions afterwards, not to mention during, certainly don’t sound like self-defense to me, and I find it hard to believe that a jury would buy into that.
A jury bought into Casey Anthony and OJ Simpson’s defenses though, so I guess you never really know.
Derek is currently being held without bail.
UPDATE: 2/18/14 1:01 PM
Prosecutors have confirmed that they are not going to seek the death penalty in this case.
Derek has also told his defense team that his wife was under the influence of bath salts when the crime occurred. According to court documents, the defense team tested pills that were in a jar labelled as garlic supplements and the results came back positive for bath salts. They are now looking to have additional tests done to determine whether or not Jennifer had bath salts in her system.
UPDATE: 4/30/14 10:14 AM
Derek’s trial date has been set for October 14, 2014.
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