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Man accused in Facebook killing gets new attorneys

August 16th, 2013 2:06 pm by Associated Press

Man accused in Facebook killing gets new attorneys

This arrest photo made available Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 by the Miami-Dade Police Department shows Derek Medina of South Miami, Fla.(AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Department)

MIAMI (AP) — Three South Florida attorneys will represent a man accused of killing his wife and then posting pictures of her body on Facebook.

A judge on Friday approved a request for preservation of evidence in the case against 31-year-old Derek Medina. The attorneys took over from the Public Defender's Office, which initially represented Medina.

Authorities say Medina posted a Facebook status on Aug. 8 in which he confessed to killing 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Moments later, a gruesome photo appeared on the page of a woman slumped on the floor. Medina later told police he had gotten into an argument with Alfonso that day.

The Associated Press reports Medina sat silently in court, wearing a red jumpsuit and shackles around his wrists and ankles.

An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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