Facebook Killer Derek Medina Now Faces Death Penalty

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Derek Medina and wife Jennifer Alfonso
Daniel Medina, who fatally shot his 26-year-old wife and uploaded a picture of her corpse onto Facebook aside a confession, now faces a first-degree murder charge and, if convicted, the death penalty.

Initially the state only charged Medina, who claimed he'd shot his wife out of self defense, with second degree murder. In Florida, a conviction of that crime has the capacity to impose a life sentence. But according to Miami court records, when Medina attends a Miami court hearing on Wednesday, he will face a much steeper charge -- and possible punishment.

See also: Derek Medina Kills His Wife in South Miami, Posts Pictures and Confession on Facebook

The abrupt change marks the latest turn in a narrative that has merged the immediacy of social media with the brutality of murder, roiling the nation from California to New York, and focusing on this troubled 31-year-old who self-published a half-dozen books, posted scores of bizarre videos to YouTube, then shot to death his wife, Jennifer Alfonso.

The back-and-forth also represents how Medina reacted in the aftermath of his wife's killing. After shooting Alfonso, Medina wrote on Facebook:

Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare facebook people you will see me in the news" my wife was punching me and I am not going to stand it anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope you understand me"

Then he pulled back on what had happened that night, telling investigators in a sworn statement that she'd pulled a knife on him while they were inside their South Miami townhouse. He said he then returned the knife to the kitchen before shooting Alfonso.

But the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner depicted a much more chilling scenario, casting doubt on Medina's claims that he'd acted out of self defense. The report said Medina had repeatedly shot Alfonso at point-blank range, while she was on her knees before him, trying to shield her face.

Originally, prosecutors charged Medina with second-degree murder, because the state needs the approval of a grand jury to impose first-degree murder charges. Medina pleaded not guilty, but admitted to one count of shooting a deadly missile and child neglect with great bodily harm.

A grand jury has issued an indictment, but it's not available yet. Medina's next court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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Ralph Lara
Ralph Lara

Patrice Altiné Fucking insane first you know who and now this dude crazy ass stuff.

Lady Vampressa
Lady Vampressa

Sadly to say it will be at least 20 years plus to see his death sentenced realized..

Nomejodas Pleez
Nomejodas Pleez

^u forgot to add that her babygirl was in the next room-heard everything saw her mom firsthand and was left there while he pulled his stunt at a postmurder defense. I'm glad justice will be served!

Ingrid Jones
Ingrid Jones

Could face death penalty.?? That woman was shot while on her knees. Begging to live. Then he posted her photo for all family and world to see

Zeke Ortega
Zeke Ortega

Someone should shank this a-hole in the big house and avoid all this and possibly walking...

Luis Quintero
Luis Quintero

that's a dude??? I thought he was a sasquatch

Vanessa Phelps
Vanessa Phelps

He disgusts me! Death penalty is needed but he deserves a slow painful death. POS!

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Watch somebody make a movie about this, Sid and Nancy in the 21st century

Alyssa Hernandez
Alyssa Hernandez

So happy when i heard this from her mother last week..jen is a beautiful angel and everyone misses her so much.

Andrea Cavallo
Andrea Cavallo

was it ever really a question that he would get charged with that? He made it pretty easy to convict him/

Eddy Alexander M
Eddy Alexander M

Crazy how differently celeb cases and average joe cases play out.

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