Man who killed wife, put photo on Facebook to be sentenced

Defendant Derek Medina, center, sits in Miami-Dade court, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, for opening statements in his murder trial, in Miami, Fla. Medina says he shot his wife in August 2013 in self-defense before allegedly posting a photo of her body on Facebook. Prosecutors say that Medina shot his wife coldly during an argument and that he was an accomplished boxer with little to fear from his wife. (Walter Michot/The Miami Herald via AP, Pool)

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man who fatally shot his wife and posted a photo of her body on Facebook could be sentenced to life in prison.

A judge in Miami is scheduled to sentence 33-year-old Derek Medina on Friday. He was convicted in November of second-degree murder for killing 27-year-old Jennifer Alonso in 2013. Alonso was shot eight times in the couple’s kitchen.

Medina told police in a videotaped statement that he shot his wife during an altercation in which she threatened him with a knife.

Trial testimony showed that Medina admitted to taking a cellphone photo of his wife’s body and uploading it on Facebook. He added in a posting that said he expected to go to prison but was forced to kill her after years of physical abuse.


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