Jury Deliberates Man’s Fate in Facebook Photo Killing Case

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Defense continues in man’s Facebook photo killing trial.

MIAMI (AP) — The latest in the trial of a man who claimed self-defense after fatally shooting his wife and posting a photo of her body on Facebook (all times local): A jury has recessed for the day after deliberating for two-and-a-half hours in the case of a Florida man who claimed he fatally shot his wife in self-defense before posting a photo of her corpse on Facebook. MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Day 9 of the murder trial of the man dubbed the “Facebook Killer” began with an unexpected delay after defense attorneys told the judge an expert witness was in the hospital. Afterward, “he is calmly gathering his sweatshirt and stopping to take pictures” of her dead body to post on social media on an August morning in 2013, prosecutor Leah Klein told a dozen Miami-Dade Circuit Court jurors during closing arguments. Derek Medina shot and killed his 27-year old wife, Jennifer Alfonso, in their South Miami home on August 8th, 2013, while Alfonso’s daughter was upstairs, according to police. Medina did claim in a 28-minute videotaped police statement played in court that he shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso after years of abuse and during an argument in which she assaulted him with a knife.

Medina also told police he posted the Facebook photo of Alfonso’s bloody body to show family what happened and raise claims that he was a spouse-abuse victim. 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. Medina had time, Klein said, to think things over after he walked upstairs in their town house to get his gun, and before he returned to the kitchen to fire the fatal bullets. “He knew exactly what he was going to do when he went down those stairs. He was angry and he wanted her dead,” Klein said. “He planned to execute Jen, and he executed his plan.” Medina faces life in prison if convicted of murder in the August 2013 killing, although jurors could opt for the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He is also charged with illegal discharge of a firearm inside a building and with child neglect because Alfonso’s 10-year-old daughter was in an upstairs bedroom when her mother was killed. The defense claimed that an internal surveillance video, which did not capture the shooting itself but depicts snippets of the altercation, shows “the butt of a knife.” But state prosecutor J. 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.

He noted video from a surveillance camera showing part of the kitchen and possibly the handle of a knife, as well as the daughter’s statement that she heard Medina trying to calm her mother down. 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. A short time after the posting, Medina turned himself in to police and raised his self-defense claim. “What were his first words to the world? ‘I’m going to prison,'” said prosecutor J.

Colodny also rejected a crime scene expert’s analysis of shadows in a stainless steel sink that purported to show figures standing and fighting before the shooting.

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