Jury selection starts in Fla. Facebook killer trial

Jury selection starts in Fla. Facebook killer trial
picture by DEREK MEDINA/FACEBOOK
picture by DEREK MEDINA/FACEBOOK

MIAMI – A jury is being chosen for the murder trial of a Florida man who claims he shot his wife in self-defense before posting a photo of her corpse on Facebook.

Jury selection was to begin for 33-year-old Derek Medina in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. The trial was delayed a day for a hearing on evidence issues.

Defense attorney Saam Zangeneh says he will introduce evidence that Alfonso abused drugs, battered her husband and was involved in Satan worship. Prosecutors say testimony about the victim must be limited. Other evidence shows Medina was an accomplished boxer with little to fear from his wife.

Medina faces life in prison if convicted. After the shooting, authorities say Medina uploaded a photo of Alfonso's body on Facebook.

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