PHOENIX - A Maricopa County Superior Court judge sets a Phoenix woman's bail at $1 million in cash after learning the murder she's accused of was all caught on tape.
Phoenix police had responded to a disturbance call at the Mellon's Encanto home. When officers arrived, they found 46-year-old Donald Mellon, Jr. dead, and his wife, 31-year-old Rebekah Mellon was saying little about what happened.
Mellon appeared for the first time in court today, and that's when prosecutors revealed the murder was caught on video cameras rolling in the home.
"There's video of the actual murder occurring, defendant obtaining a weapon, a handgun from a cabinet, walking into the room where the victim is sitting and shooting him in the head," said a Maricopa County prosecutor via speaker phone.
Mellon's defense attorney said the evidence wasn't in the initial report, and that this was possibly a case of self-defense citing Rebekah Mellon was caught in a violent relationship.
"There's a significant history and past of domestic abuse and violence that has gone on in this relationship by the alleged victim including concussions, broken bones, bruises, multiple contact with police," said Mellon's attorney.
Rebekah Mellon is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of her husband. She will appear in court again next week.
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