SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — 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 on Thursday.
[Updated, 7:33 p.m. Aug. 8: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Derek Medina has been charged.]
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 arrived at 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.
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 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.”