MIAMI -- Derek Medina, the South Miami man who shot his wife and then uploaded a photo of the dead body on Facebook, admitted he killed her after disarming her of a knife. But he insisted he was in fear for his life because “she kept on punching me like crazy.”
Why did he turn himself in?
“Cause I’m not a killer. And it was self-defense,” Medina told Miami-Dade police in a copy of a sworn, rambling statement that was released Friday. “I’m very ... I honor my country. I honor my state. I honored my city of South Miami. I do not feel that I’m guilty and I feel like ... this was self-defense.”
Prosecutors released Medina’s statement on Friday after The Miami Herald made a public records request several weeks ago. His defense attorneys had asked a judge not to release the video statement, but at a hearing on Friday afternoon, they withdrew their objection.
Medina has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm. He is likely to be indicted for first-degree murder in the coming weeks.
The release of the video-taped statement comes one day after the State Attorney’s Office released an autopsy report that suggested Jennifer Alfonso, 27, may have been on her knees trying to shield her face as he repeatedly shot her at point-blank range in the kitchen of their South Miami home on Aug. 8.
The medical examiner’s report revealed she had defensive wounds on her left forearm and was shot at a steep angle, with one bullet entering her chin and lodging itself in the back of her ribs.
Medina posted a photo of Alonso’s body on his Facebook page. He also wrote: “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you’ll see me in the news. 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.”
In his statement, Medina admits the two began arguing that morning in their upstairs bedroom after she grew angry because he did not wake her up. As they argued, she began throwing towels, mascara, boxes and shoes at him, Medina told police.
He claimed that those objects were weapons.
“And then I pulled out my weapon. And then I told her, hey back off or I’m going to call the cops,” he said.
Alfonso screamed that she was going to leave him and went downstairs. He followed her to the kitchen, where he claimed he saw her with a knife. “She was like had it toward her like she was going to commit suicide,” he told Miami-Dade Detective Jonathan Grossman.
But Medina admits he disarmed her, put the knife back in the kitchen drawer. That’s when she attacked, again.
“She was repeatedly punching me and punching me to get to my temple or my neck,” Medina said. “She was getting close to my neck.”