Was the Florida man accused of killing his wife and posting a picture of her lifeless body on Facebook a calculated murderer or a victim of domestic abuse who had to fight back?
Those are the two conflicting images of Derek Medina that prosecutors and defense attorneys presented at his bail hearing on Tuesday.
After listening to hours of testimony, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to keep the 31-year-old Miami man behind bars until his trial. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in his wife's death.
Tuesday's bond hearing gave courtroom spectators a preview of what attorneys on each side will likely argue during Medina's murder trial, which has been tentatively scheduled to begin in November.
Prosecutors painted a picture of Medina as a merciless killer who shot his wife at point-blank range while she was kneeling before him.
"The victim appeared to be in a cowering position," said Miami-Dade Detective Jonathan Grossman.
An autopsy report released Thursday said there were gunshot wounds in Jennifer Alfonso's left forearm and in her head; some of the bullets traveled at a downward angle. The picture that was posted to Medina's Facebook page on August 8 shows Alfonso's blood-stained body on the family's kitchen floor, contorted in such a way that her knees are under her as she lays on her back.
"This was an execution," Miami-Dade prosecutor J. Scott Dunn told the judge. "Mr. Medina executed his wife because she said she was going to leave him."
Grossman also testified about Medina's experience in martial arts. An instructor told the detective Medina was a skilled fighter who had the courage to challenge him to a match.
So why, then, would Medina grab a gun when his wife "just started throwing punches like crazy," as he told police? This could become a major point prosecutors drive home to jurors as they try to disprove Medina's self-defense claim by showing he used disproportionate force against his wife.
Medina has told police from the beginning that he isn't a killer and only shot his wife "six to eight times" to protect himself. He said she used her fists against him and even had a knife at one point. He says he had to wrestle the knife out of her hands.
"Battered spouse syndrome," defense lawyer Saam Zangeneh told the court Tuesday. "It doesn't only apply to women."
The attorney called attention to bruises police spotted on Medina's chest and arm. He also spoke about Alfonso's journal.
A few excerpts from the diary, "The Mind of an Insane Woman," were released by the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts office in September.
Alfonso writes about the couple's rocky relationship and admits to having aggressive feelings toward her husband when she finds him looking at other women.
"After little situations that me and derek [sic] have been through I find myself uncontrolably jelouse, like want to murder type of deal," says the diary entry, which is dated May 22, 2012. "His eyes start wondering [sic], more than once, of course my blood boiled and I wanted to rip his eyes right out of the socket, disrespect."
Zangeneh told the court Alfonso confessed to a friend that she had abused her husband.
"She's taking the next step. She's the aggressor in this case," Zangeneh said. "She physically and psychologically assaulted Derek that day."
Jurors will ultimately have to decide which story they believe when the case goes to trial later this year.
In addition to second-degree murder, Medina is charged with -- and has pleaded not guilty to -- discharge of a deadly missile and child neglect.
Alfonso's 10-year-old daughter was at home but unharmed during her mother's death. A picture of her, with Alfonso and Medina, was posted to Medina's Facebook page just hours before her mother was shot. All three were smiling.