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A bloody tactical knife helped police in Ohio link a man to the slaying of his fiancee's mother, who was found dead just days before the couple were set to wed

by Robin McGeehan (2020-07-08)


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A bloody tactical knife helped police in Ohio link a man to the slaying of his fiancee's mother, who was found dead just days before the couple were set to wed.

According to court documents, Jeffrey Scullin, 20, allegedly stabbed and shot Melinda Pleskovic inside her Strongsville home on the night of October 23, then joined the victim's unsuspecting husband for dinner at an Applebee's, where his bride worked as a waitress.

Scullin later called 911 to report finding Pleskovic, 49, lying dead in a pool of blood and even acted as a pallbearer at the woman's funeral, three days before he was arrested for her murder.

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Bloody trial: Police arrested Jeffrey Scullin Jr, 20, for the murder of his future mother-in-law, 49-year-old Melinda Pleskovic (right), after finding a tactical knife with the victim's blood on the blade and his own DNA on the handle inside a truck he had been driving 

After the killing, police say Scullin met his future father-in-law and his wife-to-be Anna for dinner at the at the Southpark Mall Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant

The suspect was arraigned on Friday morning in Cleveland on charges including aggravated murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the October 23 slaying of the popular school teacher and married mother-of-three.

He did not enter a plea. 

A judge set his bond at $1million and his lawyer asked that the case now go to a grand jury. Scullin's next court appearance is scheduled for November 13.

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The weapon was hidden beneath various items on the backseat, according to the records.

More blood was found on the inside door handle of the passenger seat, which matched the murder victim, and Scullin's own DNA was found on the handle of the knife leading to his arrest on Tuesday.According to a narrative presented by police, Scullin killed his future mother-in-law, with whom had a history of disputes, then met his future father-in-law Bruce Pleskovic and his wife-to-be Anna for dinner at the at the Southpark Mall Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant. Scullin, who had been living with Pleskovic's family, was breathing heavily when he told a 911 dispatcher that he and the victim's husband Bruce had found her on the kitchen floor with blood all around.  She was found with stab wounds to her back and a medical examiner said she died of 'gunshot wounds and sharp force injuries'.

 Police released no information about a possible motive when they revealed on Tuesday that he had been charged with aggravated murder.During the 911 call, Scullin told authorities that he had taken his 18-month-old daughter and the victim's 18-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, out of the house after discovering her body. 'We just came home.

She's on the kitchen floor. I took her son and my daughter outside. Her husband is inside with her now,' he told dispatchers. 'We found her in the kitchen. She's not moving. I took the kids and I walked outside...
There's a lot of blood. If you cherished this article so you would like to get more info about burst pipes () kindly visit the web-page. ' It's not clear yet whether Scullin, who is an HVAC worker, has an attorney. He was being held on a $1 million bond.