Derek Medina, aka the Facebook killer, who shot his wife eight times and uploaded pictures all over social media to allegedly brag about his disgusting act, has been convicted of murder, despite pleas by his defense that he shot his wife to defend himself.
According to ABC News, the Florida man, 33, shot his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso, eight times in August 2013 at his Miami-area residence following an altercation in which Alfonso threatened to leave him for the second time. The couple had a rocky relationship, going through a divorce before getting back together a year before the incident.
In a surveillance video which has since been released in the public domain, and which you can find near the end of this article, he can be seen emerging from the kitchen after the shooting — the reported site of the altercation — to fetch his phone and photograph the lifeless body of his wife.
He then went on to upload the photo of the corpse on Facebook, with the chilling caption, “RIP Jennifer Alfonso.” He also wrote the following message on his Facebook wall addressing his virtual friends.
“You will see me in the news. I am going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys.. take care Facebook people.. My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me.”
In the aftermath of his social media confession, the media infamously dubbed Medina as the “Facebook killer,” a name which has stuck with him since.
According to Medina’s description of the events of that night, the fight between the couple started in the bedroom and ended in the kitchen, where Medina claimed she threatened him with a knife. At that point, the Facebook killer claims, he fetched a.380-caliber pistol from the bedroom where his 10-year-old daughter was sleeping and threatened to kill his wife. But when she allegedly continued with the threats herself and attempted to “punch” him, he shot her.
This is also the line of defense that his attorney, Saam Zangeneh, insisted on during the court trial. “She wanted to push Derek, and she pushed him too far,” he said.
Earlier, Medina had also claimed that Alfonso was into “Satan worship” and “drugs”, but that evidence was ruled inadmissible during the trial, according to New York Daily News.
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On the other hand, prosecutors said that the very fact that Medina, who worked as a small-time actor, shot Alfonso eight times and then uploaded the photo on Facebook tells its own story.
“He planned to execute Jen, and he executed his plan,” prosecutor Leah Klein told jurors. “Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead.”
The prosecutor also referred to the medical examiner’s report during the trial, which suggested that the Facebook killer shot Alfonso at a downward angle at point-blank range.
“The fact that he shot her so many times in response to her allegedly punching him is a clear indication that he was not acting in self-defense,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Matthew Baldwin said.
“No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited world-wide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband’s anger as was Jennifer Alfonso,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement, according to Reuters.
Medina was also convicted of child neglect, since he left his daughter alone in the house after the shooting. He is expected to be sentenced for a minimum of 25 years when the hearing takes place in January.
But prosecutors expect the Facebook killer to stay in prison for life.
[Photo by C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP, Pool]