It turns out there's more evidence leading police to believe Rebekah Mellon murdered her husband Tuesday night at their home in the Willo neighborhood -- the whole shooting was recorded on video.
Mellon made her initial appearance in court yesterday, and a prosecutor explained that he got word from the Phoenix Police Department that the video exists.
"...There's a video of the actual murder occurring," the prosecutor said. "And video of the defendant obtaining a weapon -- a handgun -- from a cabinet, walking into the room whre the victim is sitting, and shooting him in the head.
Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes confirms to New Times that the video evidence does exist, but didn't get into details on its content.
"It is doubtful any evidence will be released anytime soon," he says.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, there were three people in the house before the shooting, but Mellon and her husband, Donald Mellon Jr., were the only ones in the house at the time of the shooting.
The documents don't indicate who called 9-1-1, but cops ended up kicking the door in to their home on Encanto Boulevard around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Rebekah Mellon was found just sitting on the couch, with a handgun sticking out from between the cushions next to her.
Her husband was declared dead shortly thereafter, and Mellon was placed in the back of a cop car, where she fell asleep.
When the cops woke her up, Mellon said she knew nothing -- she just walked out of the bedroom, saw her husband bleeding on the floor, and called 9-1-1.
Police brought her down to the station, and according to court documents, she gave limited information and only answered a few questions -- before she fell asleep during the interview.
She did manage to tell police that her husband came into the bedroom and "said some crap" to her before he walked out of the room. Mellon said she found him on the floor and bleeding about 10 minutes later, and she called 9-1-1 while trying to give her husband first aid.
While she actually did not tend to his injuries, police say, Mellon did inform investigators that her husband was getting violent earlier in the night, and told police about a bruise she got after her husband "threw her across the room."
Police say her tailbone was lightly bruised, and she had scrapes slightly below it.
Mellon proceeded to "slightly" change her story a bit throughout the night, and refused to tell police if there was anyone else in the house that day, according to the documents.
She eventually said there was never anyone else in the house that day, until police interviewed some other people and found out four other people had been in the house that day, and they had left right before the shooting.
Mellon wouldn't tell police where her husband worked, either, before she finally told the cops he owned a few McDonald's stores.
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Mellon refused to answer any more questions, and was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday.
According to court documents, there were previous domestic-violence incidents between the two, although police note the evidence indicates the shooting was unprovoked. Court documents also note there are indications that Mellon's an alcoholic.
Mellon's bond was set at $1 million.