Ever since Derek Medina was accused of murdering his wife and posting a photo of her body on Facebook, his family has insisted his South Miami homes surveillance video depicted the woman as the aggressor.
But the video, obtained by the Miami Herald on Tuesday, fails to back up the claim.
While the video does not show the Aug. 8 shooting, the footage shows Medina, after a heated argument with his wife in the kitchen, walking away and returning. He told police he came back with a firearm, held just out of view.
The shooting of Jennifer Alfonso happens just off camera but the footage shows a spine-chilling swirl of gunpowder in the air from the six to eight shots that felled Alfonso.
The footage shows a version of events consistent with Medinas story to Miami-Dade police detectives, who believed he was the aggressor and arrested him on a murder charge. The footage also shows Medina calmly retrieving a jacket and his phone, apparently stopping to snap a photo of Alfonsos body before walking out of the townhome.
Medina, 31, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm. He is likely to be indicted for first-degree murder in the coming weeks.
Miami-Dade prosecutors on Tuesday released the security-camera footage, as well as Alfonsos diary in which she frets about a zombie apocalypse, bemoans her stormy relationship with Medina, and writes about wanting to rip his eyes right out after he ogled other women.
We have the strangest relationship, to me anyway, she wrote in a Dec. 27 entry. We get angry at each other for the stupidest things.
Medina stunned South Florida when he posted on Facebook a photo of Alfonsos bloody body, bent backwards, lying on the tiled kitchen floor. Alfonsos 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was upstairs at the time and was not harmed.
Medina, a security guard, admitted to police that he posted the photo and an admission that he had killed his wife on his public Facebook page before calling police, according to court documents. He walked into the South Miami police station and surrendered.
Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people youll see me in the news, he wrote on his Facebook page.
Medina also wrote: My wife was punching me and Im not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did. Hope u understand me.
At the request of law enforcement, Facebook removed Medinas and Alfonsos Facebook pages hours after the shooting.
Miami-Dade homicide detectives seized the home-security footage, along with several other weapons and evidence. One interior camera was aimed at the front door, while another pointed at a sliding glass door, with a corner of the kitchen visible.
The morning of the killing, the second camera which has a time stamp more than three hours behind real time captures Alfonso calmly washing dishes, going in and out of the kitchen.
But the couple had been squabbling since they woke up. At about 10 a.m., according to a Miami-Dade police arrest report, Alfonso was upstairs, and Medina pointed his .380-caliber pistol at her.
Alfonso said she was leaving him, according to the arrest report. The video, which has no sound, shows her returning to the kitchen.