A Florida man, Derek Medina, who killed his wife and shared a photo of her dead body on Facebook was found guilty of second degree murder on Wednesday after failing to persuade the jury that he shot his 27 year old wife Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence in August 2013.
"No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited worldwide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband's anger as was Jennifer Alfonso," State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.
In a videotaped statement, Medina told police that he killed his wife during a quarrel in which she threatened him with a knife.
Prosecutors asserted that Medina shot his wife over her threatening to leave him. Thw couple’s 10-year-old daughter was at home during the incident but she did not see the shooting.
Medina shared a statement on Facebook before giving himself over to the police by saying, "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife."
"My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse, so I did what I did," he added in the post.
According to prosecutors, evidence indicated that Medina pledged to execute his wife if she left him and Alfonso told friends that he planned the execution.
"He planned to execute Jen, and he executed his plan," prosecutor Leah Klein told jurors in a closing argument. "He was angry and he wanted her dead."
Medina will be facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. If there had been evidence the murder was premeditated he would have been sentenced for first degree murder and a life sentence would be inevitable.
The sentencing date was set by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny as Jan 11.
Medina was also charged with illegally firing inside a house, disregarding his child's safety as his 10-year-old daughter was at home at the time of the incident.
Medina and his wife married in 2010 and divorced in 2012. They married again a few months later after they divorced.