Fla. murder suspect posted photo of wife's body on Facebook

By Suzette Laboy

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Police tape blocks the entrance to a murder scene in Miami, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Derek Medina, who authorities say fatally shot his wife — and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook — turned himself in to police on Thursday.

J Pat Carter, Associated Press

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SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — The South Florida man who authorities say killed his wife then apparently posted a photo of his 26-year-old wife's dead body on Facebook possessed a concealed weapon permit and portrayed himself as a neighborhood watch volunteer at his townhouse complex, fellow residents said Friday.

Derek Medina, 31, turned himself in to police on Thursday after Jennifer Alfonso was fatally shot inside the couple's home in South Miami, a suburb of Miami. When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso's body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed. Medina was charged with first-degree murder and will appear in court for the first time Friday.

His final Facebook post was as chilling as the photograph that followed it.

"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," said the Thursday morning post on Medina's Facebook page.

He then apparently posted a photo of his 26-year-old wife's body slumped on the floor.

One neighbor said that Medina approached him more than a year ago while Dade was working out at the apartment complex. Medina told Yoshi Dade, 33, that he was the neighborhood watch patrol for the building. He also told Dade he had a concealed weapons permit. Medina's claims could not be confirmed immediately.

"He would walk around here and kinda patrol the area. He was always telling me there was a lot of stuff going on around here," said Dade.

Dade said he thought the incident was bizarre and had only a few other interactions with Medina after that.

"He was just different," he said.

Neighbors said Medina was very private and never said hello.

Lori Wilkinson saw the couple and their daughter several times at the apartment's pool and mailbox and said they seemed like a nice family.

A neighbor who only identified herself as Sylvia said she was shocked.

"I couldn't sleep last night. I kept thinking of her," Sylvia said, although she said she did not know the couple.

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.

The post about the slaying on a Facebook page identified as Medina's went out to friends at 11:11 .a.m. Thursday.

The post claimed that his wife was punching him and that he wasn't going to stand any more abuse. YouTube videos linked to his Facebook page earlier this week, however, 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 from a kneeling position, 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 could not comment on a law enforcement investigation but could provide a general comment from the company.

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