MIAMI – Opening statements are set in the murder trial of a Florida man who says he shot his wife in self-defense before allegedly posting a photo of her body on Facebook.
A jury was seated Monday to hear evidence in the case of 33-year-old Derek Medina in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday in Miami-Dade circuit court.
Defense attorneys say the self-defense claim centers on evidence that Alfonso abused drugs, battered her husband and was involved in Satan worship. Prosecutors say that Medina shot his wife coldly during an argument and that he was an accomplished boxer with little to fear from his wife.
Medina faces life in prison if convicted. After the shooting, authorities say Medina uploaded a photo of Alfonso's body on Facebook.