I have heard of people doing or saying things on Facebook that eventually lands them in trouble with the law. But what 31-year-old Derek Medina of Miami did the other day takes the cake.
I’m not sure if his actions are a first on the popular social network site. However, I doubt whether boyhood wunderkind, Mark Zuckerberg, could have predicted that his labor of love would one day present itself as evidence in a murder trial. I mean, as much as Facebook fills the narccicistic needs of its users, who could have seen something like this coming?
The irony of this story is that I was just on Facebook today with a rant about how I’m sick of seeing stories with mugshots of black people in my news feed. As I see it, I get my fair share of that 10 o’clock nightly news racism locally. But then I have to come across this bizarre story involving a person of color, to make my jaw drop. I mean, it’s like a naked black guy ate the face of a white man in the streets of Miami all over again.
This from CBS Miami:
(CBS) SOUTH MIAMI – Derek Medina, a 31-year-old South Miami man, allegedly posted a picture of his dead wife Thursday morning on a Facebook page attributed to him along with an alleged confession to her murder, CBS Miami reports.
“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 you understand me,” the Facebook post read.
According to the station, Medina went to police Thursday morning to tell authorities that he had a domestic dispute with his wife and then shot her. He was charged with first-degree murder.
Miami-Dade police said in an arrest affidavit that Medina said he shot Jennifer Alfonso, 26, at their South Miami home after she said she was “leaving him.” When officers responded to the home, they found Alfonso’s body, as well as her 10-year-old daughter, who was unharmed.
According to the affidavit, 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.
OK, so I hope this dude doesn’t think that this qualifies as yet another stand-your-ground self-defense case. And hopefully you activists working to repeal the law do not egregiously use the law to illustrate how it promotes violence. As I pointed out recently, the law is misunderstood by many.
But just looking at the actions of Medina, it’s hard to see this one even falling into that category. I could be wrong, but this looks like a clear cut situation of one man killing his wife for threatening to leave him. I’m sorry, but you’re not going to be able to convince me otherwise.
According to Medina’s father, Derek Medina Sr., his son killed Alfonso only after she brandished a knife. In the younger Medina’s Facebook post, however, he did not mention a knife, but wrote: “My wife was punching me and I’m not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did. Hope u understand me.” Oh, and did I mention that he did this while his wife’s 10-year-old-daughter from a previous relationship was at home? Oh, and he left here there with the body.
[…] Public records show that Medina and Alfonso first married in January 2010, divorced in February 2012 and then remarried three months later. Medina bought the condominium unit where the couple lived in March 2012 for $107,000.
On his Facebook page, Medina claimed to be a supervisor at a property management company and to have appeared in the Miami-based crime drama “Burn Notice,” though his name doesn’t appear in online credits for the show.
On a personal blog to which the Miami Herald linked, someone named Derek Medina touted e-books of his on subjects ranging from saving marriage through communication to “humans who are gifted and can see the supernatural spirit ghost world we live in.”
“The author was with his wife in New York and his wife was attacked by a ghost,” he writes, describing the e-book. “She was seeing a ghost and was being taunted and messed with. She informed her husband and he told her to go to sleep and he would watch over her. Minutes later he was attacked by a demon ghost and he was sick and throwing up.”
Er, um, yeah… this dude is clearly a weirdo. OK, so maybe that’s just me being me given that I don’t subscricbe to that paranormal activity crap. But that aside, it’s pretty obvious that this dude and his wife were having a pretty volatile relationship. I mean if this guy was in fear of his wife who he says had been abusive to him throughout their marriage. Something tells me that he would not have remarried her like he did.But then again, I don’t know too many people who would kill their spouse and post a picture of her dead body on Facebook with the caption “RIP Jennifer Alfonso.”
I’m sorry, but this one is really weird, folks.