Derek Medina, the Florida man who allegedly shot his wife and posted a photo of her dead body to Facebook, says that he acted in self defense. The problem is, the evidence might not match his claim.
Medina allegedly shot and killed his wife during an argument at their home in August. “I’m not a killer,” Medina said in a video released by prosecutors Friday. “I do not feel that I’m guilty and I feel like this was self-defense.”
He has since pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims that he and his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, had an argument and that she was throwing things at him: Shows, boxes, mascara and feminine beauty products.
Medina claims that he pulled his gun on her in order to get her to calm down, and that she did. They talked more and she told him that she intended to leave him. The conversation escalated again, and Medina claims that Alfonso started punching him and turned a knife on him.
That’s when he shot her, “six to eight times.”
But Medina’s story doesn’t completely add up. He said that he was threatened with a knife, but also that he managed to wrestle it away from Alfonso and put it back in a drawer before he decided to shoot her.
Additionally, the medical examiner’s report showed that Medina shot Alfonso repeatedly at point-blank range while she was kneeling and trying to cover her face. She was shot several times in her left forearm and several of the bullets traveled at a downward angle, including the one that is thought to have killed her.
Medina also included several bizarre claims about himself when police questioned him, reports CNN. He told them that Alfonso “just started throwing punches like crazy. She was like really attacking me. Like I was getting out of the way and got hit in the arm and she was like going for my temple,” only to then claim that he had been an amateur boxer with a 25-0 record. Why, then, would he have needed to threaten his wife with a gun?
Then there’s also the issue of his Facebook confession. He shared a photo of Alfonso’s dead body in order to notify his family and friends. He wrote, “Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news,” along with the photo.
Derek Medina’s trial is expected to begin next month.