By Zachary Fagenson
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder.
Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence.
The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder.
"Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court.
Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife."
"My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post.
During the 2-1/2-week trial, defense attorneys described Alfonso as an abusive spouse.
"She wanted to push Derek, and she pushed him too far," defense attorney Saam Zangeneh said in closing statements.
A 2013 medical examiner's report found Medina shot Alfonso at a downward angle at point-blank range. If convicted of murder, he faces life in prison.
Medina, then a front desk condominium supervisor, married Alfonso in 2010. The couple divorced in early 2012, then remarried a few months later.
(Editing by Letitia Stein and Richard Chang)