Man accused of killing wife faces life in prison
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Florida man accused of killing his wife and posting pictures of her lifeless body on Facebook was back in court, Thursday morning, where he faces life in prison and possibly a death sentence.
Derek Medina appeared before a judge no longer wearing a protective vest. Medina who is pleading not guilty had confessed on Facebook to killing his wife. He posted the 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."
However, Medina's attorney said he still has the right to defend himself. "In Florida we have affirmative defenses so it doesn't preclude someone from presenting a defense. Even though the issue, 'Who did it?' is not a question," said Defense Attorney Saam Zangeneh.
Alfonso's mother, stepfather and biological father appeared in court just a few rows ahead of Medina's father, Thursday. The heartbroken family had now words after seeing their former son-in-law.
Medina is currently being held without bond for second degree murder, the highest the State Attorney could charge. He is pending a first degree murder charge from a grand jury in September, which can lead to a death sentence.
He has a bond set at $7,500 for allegedly throwing a missile and another for $5,000 for child neglect.
Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter was in their South Miami home when Alfonso was killed Aug. 8.
The prosecution now has 15 days to turn over evidence to the defense.
Despite the confession and Facebook post Medina's attorney says other evidence in the case could provide him with a defense. "We have self-defense, stand your ground, the castle doctrine. There is a slew of them and we are going to look into what is appropriate for Derek's case," said, Zangeneh.
The judge set a status hearing for Oct. 4. A trial for Medina was set for Nov. 4.
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