A Phoenix woman police said was caught on tape shooting her husband to death had a not-guilty plea entered on her behalf after her attorney waived her court appearance Monday morning.
Rebekah Mellon, who was scheduled to be arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court, called 911 on July 31 and said she and her husband, Donald, got in a fight and after he stormed out of the room, she found him shot to death.
But police said the shooting was caught on tape, though they would not specify where the recording originated.
Rebekah Mellon's next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4.
Prosecutors said the 31-year-old woman went to a cabinet, got a gun, then shot her husband in the head and didn't even try to render first aid.
Police later found the gun they said was used in the shooting stuffed in some couch cushions nearby.
Police said they tried to speak with Rebekah Mellon about what happened but she was uncooperative, according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.
According to the police report, Rebekah Mellon was placed in the back of a patrol car where she fell asleep. When she woke up, she told police she came out of the bedroom and found her husband on the floor bleeding and called 911.
Detectives said their investigation found that Rebekah Mellon fired one shot from a handgun at her husband. The shots appear to be unprovoked. Police said she did not call 911 for several minutes and did not render aid when instructed by a dispatcher.
According to Holmes, Rebekah Mellon was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail Wednesday afternoon for suspicion of first-degree murder.
Police said there were prior incidents of domestic violence at their home but none resulted in arrests.
Police said the couple, who had been married for seven years, had an 11-year-old child who was not home at the time of the shooting.
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