Bail hearing for man accused of Facebook murder
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Miami man accused of killing his wife and posting a picture of her dead body on Facebook returned in court with hopes of convincing a judge to release him from jail pending his murder trial.
The hearing Tuesday morning, known as an Arthur Hearing, is where the judge hears testimony from the defense and prosecution team to determine whether or not to let Derek Medina out on bond.
Medina appeared in court Tuesday morning sporting a full beard. His defense team asked the judge to order corrections to allow him to shave. His defense team told the judge he has not been allowed to shave in weeks. However, the judge said, that was out of her jurisdiction.
Medina, who pleaded not guilty, is charged with killing his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, and posting a picture of her dead body to Facebook back in August. He said he did it to make sure the family was aware, so they could then come and pickup Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter, who has at the South Miami home at the time of the killing.
According to Medina, Alfonso attacked him with a knife after an argument. He told police he then disarmed her, but she continued punching him. Therefore, he had no choice but to shoot and kill her in self-defense.
However, autopsy records show, that Alfonso received several shots to the arm, suggesting she might have been trying to shield herself. The records also show that she might have been kneeling down on the ground when she was shot several times in the face at point blank range.
Miami-Dade Police Officer Yvonne Garcia described in court, Tuesday morning, what she saw as she entered the town house on the day of the shooting. "She was supine, face up, with her knees bent behind her at her waist. Her feet were at her waist," said Garcia. "There were casings, a firearm and there was another casing on the countertop."
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