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U.S. ‘Facebook murderer’ is held over slaying of wife

AFP-JIJI

A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said Thursday.

Derek Medina, 31, was being interviewed by detectives in Miami after turning himself in earlier Thursday after the shooting death of his wife, 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso.

But in a macabre twist, Medina had apparently posted pictures showing his slain wife’s blood-soaked body on Facebook under the caption “RIP Jennifer Alfonso” before being taken into custody. In a status update posted shortly before the photo was uploaded, Medina revealed, “Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.”

Police said Medina drove himself to the South Miami Police Department following the shooting.

“Officers then responded to the listed location where they found the victim deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, as well as the victim’s daughter, 10, who was unharmed,” a statement said. “The motive is unknown at this time.”

Medina’s Facebook page showing the picture of his dead wife was up for several hours before being taken down later Thursday.

Local media reports quoted Medina’s father, Derek Medina Sr., as saying his son had killed his wife during a violent domestic dispute. “He just said that his wife picked up a knife on him, and they had a big fight and he shot her,” Medina Sr. said.