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More counts filed in Facebook killing

on December 03, 2013 10:25 AM

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami man accused of fatally shooting his wife and posting a photo of her corpse on Facebook has now been charged with first-degree murder.

A plea hearing for Derek Medina, 31, is set for Wednesday. Medina had previously pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm.

Medina told detectives after his arrest that he was acting in self-defense when he shot Jennifer Alonso, 26, at their South Miami home on Aug. 8.

But a police detective testified at an October hearing that forensic evidence indicates Alonso was on her knees with one arm raised in front of her at the time of the shooting.

Medina’s attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday night.

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