Man accused of killing wife, posting photo of body on Facebook has outburst in Miami courtroom
Derek Medina tells judge he wants to show her evidence that wife tried to kill him
MIAMI – A man accused of killing his wife and then posting a photo of her body on Facebook was removed from a courtroom Wednesday morning after repeatedly interrupting the judge.
Derek Medina went before Miami-Dade County Judge Yvonne Colodny during a status hearing to assess the readiness of the case for trial, but the hearing was derailed by Medina's refusal to keep quiet.
"Mr. Medina, I will have you excused from the court if you speak out of turn, sir," Colodny said. "Please be quiet."
Medina is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, 29, in August 2013. Police said Medina posted a photo of her bloodied body on Facebook after he shot her. Police said Alfonso's young daughter was home at the time of the shooting.
Medina claims he killed his unarmed wife in self-defense and told the judge he wanted to show her a video which proves that his wife tried to kill him.
"This is evidence that the state needs to know about," Medina said.
"Please have him removed," Colodny told the bailiff after Medina continued to interrupt her.
Colodny said there will be no more continuances in the trial, no matter the circumstances, and set the trial to begin Oct. 12.
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