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Facebook Takes Down Page of Man Who Posted Photo of Dead Wife

August 9, 2013

Facebook on Thursday evening removed the profile page of a South Miami man who claimed in an online post that he killed his wife, then posted a gruesome photo of the woman's dead body.

The man, Derek Medina, 31, turned himself into police for the slaying of Jennifer Alfonso, 26, whose body was discovered in a townhouse.

According to Miami-Dade police, Medina shot and killed Alfonso, then drove to the South Miami police station to surrender.

Officers rushed to the townhouse, where they also found Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. The girl was not injured and emerged wrapped in a blanket.

Medina is being questioned by detectives. So far, no charges have been announced.

He is likely to claim self-defense. His father, Derek Medina Sr., told reporters that his son told him that Alfonso brandished a knife.

In his Facebook post, Medina does not mention a knife. "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," he wrote.

The post also reads : "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."

According to county records, Medina and Alfonso married in April 2012, got divorced and then were re-married. Facebook also removed Alfonso's profile page.

The grisly photograph shows the woman in black leggings, her legs bent back at an awkward angle. Her left arm and left cheek are bloody. It appears that she fell dead in front of the oven in the kitchen.

Medina, on his public Facebook account, describes himself as property management supervisor and an actor for the Miami-based crime drama "Burn Notice."

He is also a self-published author, writing e-books.

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