MIAMI (AP) – There’s no dispute that Derek Medina fatally shot his wife and posted a photo of her body on Facebook, but his lawyers say he acted in self-defense because he feared her.
Defense attorney Saam Zangeneh said Monday that he will seek to introduce at Medina’s trial evidence that 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso abused drugs, battered her husband and was involved in Satan worship. Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday.
Prosecutors say such testimony about the victim must be limited. Other evidence shows Medina was an accomplished boxer and had little to fear from his wife.
Medina faces life in prison if convicted of murder in the 2013 killing at the couple’s South Miami home.
After the shooting, authorities say Medina uploaded a photo of Alfonso’s body on Facebook.
By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer