A recently released autopsy report indicates that a South Florida wife was cowering when her husband fatally shot her and then posted the image of her dead body on Facebook.
The findings complicate Derek Medina's claims that his wife was the aggressor in the August 8 domestic dispute. Accompanying the photo, he wrote: "my wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me."
The posted image, viewed by thousands before it was removed, showed Jennifer Alfonso bent backwards from the knees with blood on her face and left arm. The position and blood is consistent with the medical examiner's findings reported by the Miami Herald:
The autopsy report notes that Jennifer Alfonso, 27, suffered a slew of gunshot wounds to her left forearm, a clear indication she was trying to shield herself from the volley of gunfire from her husband. Many of the bullets traveled at a downward angle, the report says, with one bullet entering her right chin at such a steep downward angle that it lodged itself in her back at the right side of her ribs. Gunpowder residue also was found on her left hand and forearm, and right side of her neck and chin, a sign that she was shot at point-blank range in the tight quarters of the South Miami townhouse kitchen.
Medina told investigators he shot Alfonso after she punched and kicked him and threatened to leave him, according to the Associated Press, and surveillance video from inside the couple's own home did little to clarify the series the events that led to the fatal shooting.
Meanwhile excerpts from Alfonso's personal diary titled "The mind of an insane women" paint a picture of a tumultuous marriage in which she felt uncontrollably jealous "like want to murder type deal."
Medina, who turned himself in after posting the Facebook photo and confession, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is tentatively scheduled for trial November 4.