MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A couple whose fight ended with a photograph of a young mother’s dead body on Facebook began because she was frustrated her husband opted to nap rather than take her out on a movie date, according to the final text messages she sent to a friend.
Those text messages which were released Tuesday by the State Attorney’s Office reveal Jennifer Alfonso’s thoughts and doubts about her relationship with Derek Medina.
Medina, 31, who is facing a second-degree murder charge, has entered a not guilty plea. Medina’s attorneys do not dispute that he pulled the trigger, but they appear to be setting up a self-defense claim.
On August 8th, Medina was arrested for shooting and killing his wife in the kitchen of their South Miami home. Medina confessed to the killing on Facebook with a picture of her bloody body.
Medina wrote in his status line, “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife, love you guys, miss you guys, take care, Facebook people you will see me in the news.”
But hours before her murder, Alfonso, 26, accused him of being neglectful and in her final text messages to her friend Kelly Barry she expressed her frustration.
“I feel like I’m begging for him to hang out with us,” Alfonso wrote in the text message. “It’s stupid s— like this that makes me think crazy s— you no [sic] …like it doesn’t do anything now but later on it will eat away at my brain.”
In the 19-pages of text messages she also said they had a fight and that he “called me a bitch.” The last message to Barry is “I feel like I want to leave.”
Weeks earlier, the State Attorney’s Office released the diary and video from inside the couple’s townhome as part of the discovery process. In the video, a scuffle is seen in the kitchen while Alfonso appears to be at the sink doing dishes. Medina leaves and returns with a gun, which is not seen in the video. But what is seen is the gunpowder swirling in the air.
Alfonso’s 10-year-old daughter was in an upstairs bedroom when the shots were fired. She was physically unharmed and escorted out by police.
Medina’s next court hearing is scheduled for October 15th before Judge Yvonne Colodny. His defense attorneys are expected to ask the judge to be released on bond while he awaits trial.