A Phoenix woman was jailed today on a first degree murdercharge in the shooting death of
her husband of seven years.
Rebekah Mellon, 31, called police Tuesday evening and was “uncooperative” when they arrived
at the home that she n shared with her husband, Donald Mellon, 46, said James Holmes,
spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department. “[She] called and said something was wrong
with her husband. The officers get there and he is bleeding badly,” Holmes said. Firefighters
worked on resuscitating Donald Mellon, who died a short time later at the hospital. Rebekah
Mellon became unruly and did not answer officers’ questions, leading them to detain her until
detectives arrived, Holmes said. “She kept changing her story, telling us things that are untrue,”
Holmes said. “She said she doesn’t know what happened to her husband.” Detectives worked
through the night and by the next morning, had probable cause to arrest Mellon for murder.
“I can’t share the evidence, but she clearly killed her husband. Let’s put it that way,” Holmes
said. It was not clear whether Mellon has hired an attorney. Minutes before the shooting, Re-
bekah Mellon’s 11-year-old son, who is not related to the victim, left for a sleepover at a neigh-
bor’s house, Holmes said. The child is in the custody of his grandmother, according to police.