Jury sees video showing wife’s last moments before husband kills her, puts photo on Facebook

A jury on Tuesday viewed a surveillance video depicting the final moments of a young wife's life before she was fatally shot by her husband, who later posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook and insists he fired in self-defence.

MIAMI — A jury on Tuesday viewed a surveillance video depicting the final moments of a young wife’s life before she was fatally shot by her husband, who later posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook and insists he fired in self-defence.

The video, from one of several cameras at the couple’s South Miami home, shows no evidence that 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso was physically attacking Derek Medina as he claims before he gunned her down in their kitchen in August 2013. But the video angle also does not capture everything that happened in the kitchen, nor the shooting itself.

Two police officers who dealt with Medina the day of the slaying testified that he never asked for medical attention and showed no evidence of physical injury. Medina told police in a videotaped statement played earlier in his trial that Alfonso regularly abused him and had been hitting and pushing him forcefully before the shooting.

“Did you observe any obvious signs of injury to Mr. Medina?” prosecutor J. Scott Dunn asked South Miami police Det. Matt Taylor, who drove Medina to the Miami-Dade Police Department for questioning shortly after the killing.

“No,” Taylor replied.

Earlier, police photos introduced as evidence showed no marks indicating any fight on Medina’s body or head and no cuts or scratches to his hands.

In the surveillance video, Alfonso is shown going in and out of the couple’s kitchen, at one point washing a few dishes and at another briefly opening and closing the townhouse’s front door. Medina comes into the kitchen and both are off camera, then he leaves and comes back — which is when the shooting happened.

Puffs of gunpowder can be seen swirling in the air around the camera. Medina then appears to use his cellphone to take the Facebook photo and leaves the house after changing clothes. He later turned himself in to police.

Medina said in his police statement that Alfonso came at him with a knife and that he was able to disarm her, then went upstairs to get his .380-calibre handgun. Alfonso was shot eight times.

“Is Jennifer seen attacking Derek as he went upstairs to retrieve the firearm he would eventually use to shoot her dead?” Dunn asked lead Miami-Dade police Det. Jonathan Grossman.

“No,” Grossman answered.

“She never left the kitchen alive after that, did she?” Dunn continued.

“No, she did not,” the detective said.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they are close to wrapping up their main case, after which the defence will begin putting on its witnesses. It’s not yet clear whether Medina will testify. He faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. He’s also charged with illegal discharge of a weapon and child neglect because Alfonso’s 10-year-old daughter was in the home when her mother was killed.

Just Posted

Despite warnings, plenty of temptations to thieves left in vehicles

Lock It or Lose It campaign still finding plenty of valuables left in plain sight

Official: 3rd pilot helped on next-to-last Lion Air flight

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The chairman of Indonesia’s transportation safety agency confirmed Thursday… Continue reading

Oil prices, Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

CALGARY — Chuckwagon drivers and sponsors are hoping for the best as… Continue reading

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Kevin Matechuk says he will never, never forgive the semi driver who… Continue reading

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as… Continue reading

Canada’s Alex Harvey caps historic cross-country ski career with home race

Alex Harvey isn’t planning to manage his emotions on the Plains of… Continue reading

World No. 4 golfer Rory McIlroy to play at RBC Canadian Open this summer

HAMILTON — Rory McIlroy is — finally — coming to Canada. The… Continue reading

Daniels: ‘Pain and anger’ around ‘Empire’ in recent weeks

LOS ANGELES — “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the… Continue reading

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to publish memoir ahead of federal election

TORONTO — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is set to release a memoir,… Continue reading

Why Solar: Canada needs to get its collective house in order

Canada needs to get a grip. The country has one of the… Continue reading

Gardening: Take care when making plant purchases

After a cold February, the longer sunny days and warmer weather triggers… Continue reading

Canadian pair fifth after short program at figure skating worlds

SAITAMA, Japan — Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are fifth after… Continue reading

Most Read