33-year old Derek Medina who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was on Wednesday convicted of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defense.
Jurors found Medina guilty of 2nd degree murder, shooting a deadly missile and child neglect. However, the jury did not believe he pre-planned the murder of his 27-year-old wife Jennifer Alfonso.
Medina did not wince as he learned the jury’s verdict which could put him in prison for 25 years to life.
Before the verdict was finished being read, Medina whispered to his attorney, Saam Zanganeh. Zanganeh told CBS4’s Natalia Zea,
- “Interesting reaction, it was an interesting reaction… I’m going to leave it at that, but it was an interesting reaction. Something I didn’t expect.”
It took the jury six and a half hours to come to the conclusion that Medina murdered Alfonso, and neglected her 10-year old daughter by locking her in the home while her mother lay dead.
Zanganeh said they respect the jury’s verdict but plan to appeal it.
- “From the inception, I never thought this was a first-degree murder case. I never thought it,” said Zanganeh. “If we’re able to get a new trial or if there are appellate issues then this is something he has to look forward to.”
Medina did not testify in his own defense during the trial.
He reportedly confessed to killing Alfonso, in their South Miami home on August 8th, 2013.
He then posted the picture of her bloody body with a caption that read, in part:
- “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.”
Medina’s sentencing is scheduled for January 11th. Fernandez Rundle says she will seek the maximum sentence, life in prison.