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Man pleads not guilty in Miami Facebook killing

2:11 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
Miami-Dade police said 31-year-old Derek Medina turned himself in to police after Jennifer Alfonso was fatally shot inside the couple's home in a suburb of Miami. / AP
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MIAMI. Fla. -- A man accused of killing his wife and then posting a confession and a bloody picture of her body on Facebook has pleaded not guilty in Florida.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Derek Medina fatally shot 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso at their South Miami townhome earlier this month. A judge on Thursday set a tentative trial date of Nov. 4.

Medina is charged with second-degree murder, but The Miami Herald reports prosecutors will likely seek a first-degree murder indictment when the grand jury returns in September.

Alfonso's relatives didn't speak in court Thursday.

Medina's attorney Sam Zangeneh says his team hasn't decided on a defense strategy yet.

Court records indicate Alfonso was shot six to eight times during an argument with Medina.

Associated Press

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