Copycat Killing? Photo of Dead Girlfriend Sent via App

Costa Rica case mirrors one in Florida
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 7:15 PM CDT
Copycat Killing? Photo of Dead Girlfriend Sent via App
Derek Medina. who is charged with murder in the death of his wife Jennifer Alfonso, appears in court in Miami on Aug. 16.   (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot, Pool)

Less than two weeks after a man posted a photo of his dead wife to Facebook and confessed online to killing her, a similar case emerges in Costa Rica. Police there say a 29-year-old man strangled his girlfriend and sent a photo of her body via What'sApp to her sister, apologizing for what he had done, reports the International Business Times. He also informed the family of his whereabouts, and police soon arrived, found the body, and arrested him. The IBT quotes local media as saying that the man, identified only by his surname of Macotelo, had copied the earlier incident from Florida.

In that case, newly released police documents reveal that Derek Medina admitted to detectives that he repeatedly shot his wife when she threatened to leave him, then posted the Facebook confession, reports the Miami Herald. The 31-year-old faces first-degree murder charges and will be arraigned later this month. (Read more murder stories.)

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