SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — The South Florida man who authorities say killed his 26-year-old wife and apparently posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook told residents of his townhouse complex that he possessed a concealed weapon permit and belonged to a neighborhood watch patrol.
Derek Medina, 31, turned himself in to police on Thursday after Jennifer Alfonso was fatally shot inside the couple’s home in South Miami, a suburb of Miami. When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso’s body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.
Medina was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond at his arraignment Friday.
The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Medina, who initially appeared confused when an attorney instructed him not to discuss the case with anyone.
Medina’s case captured national attention when he posted a public confession of the alleged murder on his Facebook page, followed by a gruesome photo.
“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,” said the Thursday morning post.
The photo showed what was apparently Alfonso’s body, slumped on the floor.
One of Medina’s neighbors, 33-year-old Yoshi Dade, said Medina approached him more than a year ago while Dade was working out at the apartment complex. Dade said Medina told him he was the neighborhood watch patrol for the building and that he had a concealed weapons permit. Those claims could not be confirmed immediately.
“He would walk around here and kinda patrol the area. He was always telling me there was a lot of stuff going on around here,” Dade said.
He said he thought the incident was bizarre and had only a few other interactions with Medina after that.
“He was just different,” Dade said.
Other neighbors said Medina was very private and never said hello.
Lori Wilkinson saw the couple and their daughter several times at the apartment’s pool and mailbox and said they seemed like a nice family.
A neighbor who only identified herself as Sylvia said she was shocked.
“I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking of her,” Sylvia said, although she said she did not know the couple.
According to the affidavit, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Medina said the couple became involved in a heated argument in an upstairs bedroom when he armed himself with a gun and pointed it at her. He said Alfonso left the bedroom, returning later to say she was leaving him. He says he went downstairs and confronted her in the kitchen, when she began punching him. He claims he went back upstairs to get his gun and confronted her again, at which time she grabbed a knife. Medina said he was able to disarm her and put the knife in a drawer, but that when she began punching him again, he shot her several times, the affidavit says.
The post about the slaying on a Facebook page identified as Medina’s went out to friends at 11:11 .a.m. Thursday.
The post claimed that his wife was punching him and that he wasn’t going to stand any more abuse. YouTube videos linked to his Facebook page earlier this week, however, show him working out in a martial arts studio, punching and kicking a heavy bag.
The next and final post — also at 11:11 a.m. and titled “Rip Jennifer Alfonso” — was a gruesome photograph showing a woman in black leotards slumped on the floor. She looked like she had fallen backward from a kneeling position, with her legs bent to her sides and blood on her left arm and left cheek. The photo was up for more than five hours before Facebook removed the page late Thursday afternoon.