When Bruce Pleskovic entered his Strongsville, Ohio, home with his future son-in-law, Jeffrey Scullin Jr., on October 23, he found his wife, Melinda Pleskovic, covered in blood.
As previously reported by Dearly, the terrified husband called 911 and said, “I think someone killed my wife.”
He blamed her death on break-ins when he spoke to the 911 dispatcher:
“We’ve had people breaking in to our (expletive) house and now someone (expletive) killed her.”
The family had been victims of pranks and break-ins prior to Melinda’s death — someone allegedly tried to break into their house just days before she was killed. The family reported a stolen laptop case and missing car keys, and someone had been repeatedly setting off the security alarm on the car.
Melinda even complained to a friend on Facebook that someone had cut the cables to their security camera. Her friend responded:
Somebody is watching you and they hate someone in your home.
Knowing his house had been the target of crime, Bruce quickly explained to the dispatcher that the break-ins must have been the cause of Melinda’s death.
Little did he know the man who was with him when he found her would be arrested for her death.
The New York Post reports that Scullin has been arrested in connection with the incident. He was set to marry Melinda’s daughter four days after her death occurred.
The 20-year-old man lived in Bruce and Melinda’s home with their daughter — his soon-to-be bride — and their 1-year-old child.
According to Fox 8 in Cleveland, Scullin was the only person who said he saw the recent break-ins that took place in August and on the Thursday prior to the 49-year-old mother’s death.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said Melinda was shot and stabbed. She suffered from sharp force injuries on her body and had skeletal and internal injuries.
Scullin was charged with aggravated murder for her death and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Watch Strongsville Police Chief Mark Fender announce the charges below.