Raw video: Prosecutor says there's video of Mellon murder

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 2:11 PM

PHOENIX -- Bond for a Phoenix woman accused of shooting and killing her husband was set at $1 million during her first court appearance Wednesday.

Police arrested Rebekah Mellon and booked her on suspicion of first-degree murder in death of her husband, Donald Mellon Jr.

Police were called the Mellon home at Central Avenue and Encanto Boulevard Tuesday night.

"They found Mr. Mellon with obvious trauma," said Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.

Mellon was rushed to a local hospital. He died shortly after arriving.

Several hours later, detectives arrested Rebekah Mellon believing she is the one who pulled the trigger.

According to the prosecutor, police have video of the murder. During the proceeding, he said that video shows Rebekah "obtaining a weapon -- a handgun -- from a cabinet, walking into the room where the victim was sitting and shooting him, shooting him in the head."

Mellon's initial court appearance was the first mention of that video.

In court paperwork, police described the shooting as an apparently "unprovoked attack."

The prosecutor asked for a $2 million cash bond.

Mellon's lawyer said her client was not a flight risk and brought up the possibility of self-defense, citing court paperwork that indicated a "significant history and past of domestic abuse and violence that has gone on this this relationship by the alleged victim."

According to court paperwork, the Mellons had been married for seven years and "[t]here were previous incidents of domestic violence at the Encanto residence as well as prior addresses."

"I don't think a substantial bond is warranted," Chelsie Morris said during Mellon's IA.

The commissioner decided on a cash-only appearance bond of $1 million and prohibited her from returning to the family home or having any contact with her husband's next of kin. The commission also ordered Mellon to surrender her passport.

According to the Arizona Revised Statutes, a classification of first-degree murder, a class 1 felony, means investigators and prosecutors believe there was premeditation and intention.

A status conference for Mellon was scheduled for Aug. 8, followed by a preliminary hearing Aug. 10.

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