Autopsy in Florida Facebook murder shows point-blank shots

Reuters

MIAMI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A Florida man who confessed tofatally shooting his wife and posted pictures of her bloodiedcorpse on Facebook may have shot her several times atpoint-blank range, a medical examiner's report showed on Friday.

The autopsy report is expected to be a key piece of evidencein the self-defense claim by Derek Medina, who told police heshot his 27-year-old wife, Jennifer Alfonso, multiple timesafter a verbal dispute turned violent and she began kicking andpunching him with a closed fist.

Medina, 31, gained notoriety in August when he announced tohis "friends" on Facebook Inc that he killed Alfonso.

In a posting, he wrote, "I'm going to prison or deathsentence for killing my wife. Love you guys, Miss you guys ....My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any morewith the abuse so I did what I did. I hope u understand me."

The autopsy results, first reported by the Miami Herald,said Alfonso suffered gunshot wounds to her left forearm,indicating she was trying to protect herself.

Examiners also said bullets entered Alfonso's body at adownward angle and that gunpowder residue was found on her arms,neck and chin indicating that the woman was shot at point-blankrange.

Medical examiners removed seven bullets and two bulletfragments from her body, the report said.

In September, prosecutors released video of an altercationbetween Medina and Alfonso at their suburban Miami home.

Though the pair are sometimes out of sight, Medina walksaway from the kitchen where the two were arguing and returnswith a pistol, firing several shots followed by a swirl ofgunpowder in the camera's lens.

Medina has been held without bond since early August andpleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. A grand jury couldhand down a first-degree murder indictment, punishable by lifein prison, in the coming weeks.

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