Man accused of killing wife appears before judge
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Florida man accused of killing his wife and posting pictures of her lifeless body on a social media site faced a judge Friday morning.
Derek Medina is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, in South Miami last week. He then posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook for everyone to see.
Medina walked into a Miami Court, cuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Friday morning. He was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 29. However, his defense attorney asked to have an earlier hearing in order to "preserve evidence."
His defense attorney, Saam Zangwneh, said, "We're simply asking the court to allow us to preserve any physical evidence on behalf of Mr. Medina. I'm not gonna get into anymore details at this point, but it's just something to ensure all the evidence in this case is preserved properly."
In Medina's arrest report it stated: "The defendant advised that the victim began punching him. At which point he discharged his firearm multiple times into the victim. The defendant advised he then went and changed clothes and left the residence."
A Miami-Dade Police photographer was also in court Friday morning. When 7News asked if this was to document any bruising on the defendant they would not comment.
Medina had posted a confession on Facebook shortly after the incident where he said he was tired of being punched. The message read: "I'm 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. 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."
On Wednesday, the victim's mother spoke to 7News in her only interview where she addressed the relationship between Medina and her daughter. "All married couples fight and they were young and impulsive. All those things, but I have to believe it was just a moment of madness. She doesn't deserve it. No matter what went on between them. What goes on between a married couple no one knows except them," said Carolyn Knox. "She did not deserve what was done to her. She did not deserve what was done. She wouldn't want me to be angry. She wouldn't want me to be. She would've wanted me to forgive him. I don't forgive him," said Carolyn Knox, as she breaks down in tears.
An arraignment will be set for Aug. 29.
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