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US man turns himself in after 'Facebook murder' of wife

Police tape blocks the entrance to a murder scene in Miami, on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday. --
Police tape blocks the entrance to a murder scene in Miami, on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AP
An unidentified woman looks through a fence near a murder scene, on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday
An unidentified woman looks through a fence near a murder scene, on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AP
Two people sit behind a police car as Miami police officers investigate a murder in Miami on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, aut
Two people sit behind a police car as Miami police officers investigate a murder in Miami on Aug 8, 2013. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AP
This image taken from the Facebook page identified as Derek Medina's shows a post that appeared on the page preceding a separate post that included a photo of his dead wife, Jennifer Alfonso. Medina, 31, was being quizzed by detectives in Miami, Flor
This image taken from the Facebook page identified as Derek Medina's shows a post that appeared on the page preceding a separate post that included a photo of his dead wife, Jennifer Alfonso. Medina, 31, was being quizzed by detectives in Miami, Florida, after turning himself in earlier Thursday following the shooting death of wife Alfonso, 26. -- PHOTO: AP
Police stand near the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gun
Police stand near the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday.  -- PHOTO: AFP
A police car is parked in front of a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and pos
A police car is parked in front of a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP
Police detectives walk past the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after appa
Police detectives walk past the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Police detectives walk past the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after appa
Police detectives walk past the orange door which is the front door to a townhouse where seemingly a husband reportedly confessed on Facebook to murdering his wife on Aug 8, 2013, in Miami, Florida. A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday.  -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - A man is being held in the United States after apparently gunning down his wife and posting a gruesome picture of her dead body on Facebook, authorities said on Thursday.

Derek Medina, 31, was being quizzed by detectives in Miami, Florida, after turning himself in earlier Thursday following the shooting death of wife Jennifer Alfonso, 26.

But in a macabre twist, Mr Medina had apparently posted pictures showing his slain wife's blood-soaked body on Facebook, under the caption "RIP Jennifer Alfonso" before being taken into custody.

In a status update posted shortly before the photo was uploaded, Mr Medina revealed: "You will see me in the news."

"Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news," he wrote.

"My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me," he added.

Police said Mr Medina drove himself to the South Miami Police Department following the shooting.

"Officers then responded to the listed location where they found the victim deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, as well as the victim's daughter, 10, who was unharmed," a statement said.

"The motive is unknown at this time."

Mr Medina's Facebook page showing the picture of his dead wife was up for several hours before being taken down later on Thursday.

Local media reports quoted Mr Medina's father, Mr Derek Medina Sr., as saying his son had killed his wife after a violent domestic dispute.

"He just said that his wife picked up a knife on him, and they had a big fight, and he shot her," the senior Medina said.