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Fla. man says he shot wife in self-defense

MIAMI — A man who shot his wife to death and then posted gruesome photographs of her corpse on Facebook told investigators he acted in self-defense because she was viciously attacking him, according to a statement police released Friday.

Derek Medina said in his Aug. 8 videotaped statement to Miami-Dade County Police detectives that he only shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alonso because he feared for his own life.

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Medina claimed Alonso first started throwing boxes, shoes, and mascara at him, began punching and hitting him, and then pulled a knife after their argument moved downstairs to the kitchen.

Medina said he disarmed his wife and put the knife in a drawer, but said she began hitting him again. That’s when he says he started shooting, estimating he fired seven or eight times.

Asked why he turned himself in to police, Medina replied that it was ‘‘cause I’m not a killer. And it was self-defense.’’

Medina, 31, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm in the Aug. 8 shooting at the South Miami home shared by the couple.

An autopsy report indicates that Alonso was on her knees when she was shot and suffered defensive wounds to one arm, which could contradict Medina’s story that she was the aggressor until the very end.

Medina also told police he had been an amateur boxer who had a 25-0 record in the ring.

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