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Crime Scene: August 14, 2013

Miami Times staff report | 8/14/2013, 11:49 a.m.

Florida man confesses to murder and posts gruesome photo of murder on Facebook

A Florida man confessed to something much more sinister last Thursday. He said he killed his wife. Derek Medina, 31, posted a picture of Jennifer Alfonso’s blood-stained body — collapsed and contorted on the kitchen floor — to his Facebook feed with a note, according to authorities. “Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news,” he purportedly wrote. He is being held without bond on a preliminary charge of first degree murder, the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesperson.

2 cops accused of kinky antics

Officers Thomas Merenda and Franklin Hartley are both being charged with unlawful compensation, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days, stemming from a May 24, 2012, encounter with the two women, who had been drinking at the Vegas Cabaret strip club on University Drive. According to arrest reports, Hartley ordered the passenger to perform oral sex on him, then had intercourse with her. Merenda’s request, according to the reports, was less time-consuming: “Officer Merenda asked the victim [name withheld] to punch him in the ‘nuts,’ meaning genital area.” Bradford Cohen, a lawyer representing the reported victims, said they were distraught about the whole experience and are hoping the trial reveals just how egregious the officers’ conduct was.

Police: Suspect laced his pants to hold loot

Damion Voltaire Baker, Jr., aka ‘Frog,’ tried to walk out of the Ross Dress For Less store at 1620 South Federal Highway in Delray Beach with eight articles of clothing concealed in his pants, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report. Baker, 27, tied up the bottom of his pants with shoelaces so that whatever he stole and stuffed down there wouldn’t fall out, police said. Baker faces two counts of larceny, petit theft and giving false identification to a law enforcement officer.

Brink’s robber gets 10 years

Christopher Ferguson, 40, is one of the men who robbed a Brink’s armored truck outside a Sunrise credit union on Jan. 17. Ferguson was sentenced to 10 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut about what happened to the $280,000 in cash stolen in the bold heist. Ferguson quickly pleaded guilty to a count of armed robbery. He has refused to tell federal prosecutors what happened to the money or name his alleged accomplices because he fears for his family's safety, said Roderick Vereen, Ferguson’s attorney.