Fate of accused ‘Facebook’ killer now in Miami jury’s hands

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Closings Arguments Wrap Up In ‘Facebook Murder’ Trial.

MIAMI (AP) — A jury has begun deliberating the fate of a Florida man who says he fatally shot his wife in self-defense before posting a photo of her dead body on Facebook. During a raging marital argument in their South Miami townhouse, Derek Medina emptied all eight bullets from his .380 caliber pistol into his wife Jennifer Alfonso because “he wanted her dead,” a state prosecutor argued on Tuesday at the trial of the so-called Facebook killer. Medina did not testify but said in a videotaped police statement that he shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso after years of abuse and during an argument in which she assaulted him with a knife.

In his sworn interview with detectives later that day, however, Medina said he took the knife away from his wife but she continued to pummel him and he shot her in self defense. The defense is hoping to put on a crime scene expert who will testify that shadows in home security video – that did not capture the actual confrontation – show Jennifer was in an aggressive posture when she was shot. The state hopes to take his deposition at his bedside this afternoon and he could testify Tuesday afternoon after being released from the hospital if Judge Yvonne Colodny permits the testimony.

She was not armed when he killed her.” Klein, the prosecutor, argued that Medina, angry with Alfonso after she threatened to leave him, killed his 26-year-old wife execution-style. The defense attorney, yet again, pulled out the knife, presumably used by Alfonso, during the closing argument, saying the knife created reasonable doubt for Medina to be in fear of his life. “At this point we have created reasonable doubt. She said that because he went upstairs to retrieve his pistol during their argument and then came back downstairs with the weapon, Medina “had more than enough time for reflection” before killing his wife.

Alfonso had been text messaging her through Facebook, expressing how angry she was at Medina because he didn’t wake her up at 1 a.m. to watch a movie with her. The second you agree that that’s a knife…she’s armed within 1.6 seconds and moving this knife right next to Derek,” defense attorney Saam Zanganeh said in his closing statement.

To counter, prosecutors argued they had facts to back up their argument, showing a video of the moments before Alfonso was killed, asking jurors to compare that video to what Medina said led up to her death. Jurors were allowed to see a stream of text messages between the two of them that also included a text by Alfonso that said she wanted to rip his face off.

He also said that she had grabbed a kitchen knife, which he had taken away from her before firing “because she was punching like crazy.” The defense rested on Tuesday, after the judge disallowed its claims that Alfonso was high on rage-inducing “bath salts,” or alpha-PVP, during the spat with her husband. Facebook people you’ll see my in the news.” Dunn told jurors that his social media posting crushes his self-defense theory: “It’s hard to tell the entire world you’re going to prison and walk that back.”

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