Florida murder suspect posted photo of wife's body, 'confesses'
By Suzette Laboy and David Fischer ,APSOUTH MIAMI, Florida -- The Florida man who authorities say killed his wife then apparently posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook had a concealed weapon permit and portrayed himself as a neighborhood watch volunteer, fellow residents said Friday.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Derek Medina, 31, turned himself in to police on Thursday after 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso was fatally shot inside the couple's home in South Miami. Police found her body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed. Medina was charged with first-degree murder and was ordered held without bond on 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 post on Medina's Facebook page.
He then apparently posted a photo of his wife's body slumped on the floor.
One neighbor, Yoshi Dade, said that Medina approached him more than a year ago at the apartment complex. Medina told Dade 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, 33.
Dade said he thought the incident was bizarre.
According to an affidavit, Medina said the couple became involved in an argument at home 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 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, titled “Rip Jennifer Alfonso,” was a gruesome photograph showing a woman slumped on the floor. There was blood on her left arm and left cheek. The photo was up for more than five hours before Facebook removed the page.
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.
“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.