Derek Medina, ‘Facebook Killer,’ Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder
Derek Medina, the Florida man dubbed the “Facebook Killer,” has been found guilty of second-degree murder in his wife’s death.
Derek Medina Found Guilty
After deliberation, a jury found Medina, 33, guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting the argument put forth that he had acted in self-defense. He was also found guilty of both shooting or throwing a deadly missile, as well as child neglect for leaving Alonso’s young daughter without care in the home following her death.
Back in August 2013, Medina shot Alonso eight times in their Miami-area home, according to a Miami-Dade County spokesperson. While Medina claimed self-defense, prosecutors alleged that he had shot and killed Alonso after she threatened to break up with him.
Medina faces 25 years to life behind bars. His sentencing fate will be determined at a hearing in January. Prosecutors are said to be planning on asking for the maximum sentencing.
“No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited world-wide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband’s anger as was Jennifer Alfonso,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.
Medina’s lead defense attorney Saam Zangeneh, who stated that the defense team will be looking for appeals options, said, “We’re disappointed in the jury’s decision but we respect the process.”