Man pleads not guilty for ‘Facebook murder’
SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — The man who fatally shot his wife and posted a photo of her body on Facebook pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald.
According to the report, Derek Medina, 31, is now eligible for the death penalty, although prosecution has not said whether they will seek execution for the killing of Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in August.
Medina shocked the nation when he posted the photo along with an admission on Facebook that read, “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.’’
Video obtained by The Miami Herald in September shows scenes from inside the home of Derek Medina moments before he kills his wife and posts about it on Facebook.
Medina claims the murder was in self-defense, despite Alfonso being unarmed, saying she “kept on punching me like crazy.”
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny set a March trial date, although that could be pushed back if lawyers need more time to prepare their case.
SOURCE: Miami Herald