New court documents filed in the case of a South Miami man accused of killing his wife and then posting pictures of her dead body on Facebook reveal there were drugs in the couples’ home.
On Tuesday, lawyers for Derek Medina revealed there were bath salts found inside Medina’s home, Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported exclusively.
According to the paperwork, Medina’s wife, Jennifer Alfonso, hid bath salts pills in a garlic supplements bottle. The paperwork also claims white pills found tested positive as synthetic ecstasy.
Experts said bath salts can cause agitation, anxiety, anger, paranoia, or panic, just to name a few side effects.
In this case, Medina, the accused killer, said the victim, his wife, was hitting him when he shot her.
Medina’s attorneys are calling for additional testing to see if illegal drugs, specifically bath salts, were in the victim’s system.
“It’s a cursory look into something that could potentially be substantial,” said defense attorney Sam Zangeneh. “It’s got the appeal that if we can connect the dots, it could be substantial in the outcome of this case.”
Last December, Medina, 31, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of first degree murder. Medina claims he told police he shot his wife on August 8th in self-defense.
The photo posted on Facebook showed Alfonso, 26, on her knees with her torso bent back on the kitchen floor. It was posted along with the following statement that appeared to be a confession by Medina.