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Man convicted of killing wife and posting image of corpse on Facebook

Convicted: Derek Medina
Convicted: Derek Medina

A jury has convicted a South Florida man of second-degree murder after he killed his wife and posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook.

The verdict Wednesday came at the end of the trial for 33-year-old Derek Medina.

He claimed he shot his wife in self-defense in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso.

Medina told police in a videotaped statement he shot his wife during a fight in which she threatened him with a knife.

Medina told police he posted the Facebook photo of Alfonso's bloody body to show family what happened and raise claims that he was abused by his wife.

Prosecutors contended Medina killed his wife because she threatened to leave him.

Prosecutors put on evidence indicating that Medina had vowed to kill Alfonso if she tried to leave him, which she told friends she planned to do.

“He planned to execute Jen, and he executed his plan,” prosecutor Leah Klein told jurors in a closing argument. “He was angry and he wanted her dead.”

Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter was home when her mother was killed but did not witness the shooting.

He faces up to life in prison.

- AP