Detective: Facebook slaying victim was cowering

Published On: Oct 15 2013 03:25:46 PM EDT
Derek Medina
MIAMI -

A South Florida detective has testified that a woman whose corpse was portrayed on Facebook postings was cowering and trying to defend herself before she was fatally shot by her husband.

Miami-Dade Detective Jonathan Grossman said Tuesday that forensic evidence indicates 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso was on her knees with one arm raised in front of her before she was shot Aug. 8 at their South Miami home. Her husband, 31-year-old Derek Medina, says he shot her in self-defense as she attacked him.

The testimony came at a bail hearing for Medina. A judge did not immediately decide that issue.

Medina told police he posted the photos of her body on Facebook to let family members know what happened.

Medina has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm.