STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Just a few days after carrying her casket as a pallbearer, Melinda Pleskovic’s accused killer appeared in court Friday.
Jeffrey Scullin, 20, was arraigned on murder charges after he was arrested Tuesday. Police linked Scullin to the murder after a search of his truck, in which investigators found a knife with Pleskovic's blood. Scullin's DNA was on the knife's handle and more blood was located on the passenger's side door of the truck.
Pleskovic’s body was found inside her Strongsville home on Blazing Star Drive last week.
Scullin's bond was set at $1 million and his case will proceed to a grand jury at his lawyer's request Nov. 13.
Scullin, who also lived at the home, had called 911 to report Pleskovic’s murder.
“There’s a lot of blood,” he told police during that call.
Scullin was engaged to the victim’s daughter, Anna. Their wedding was slated for last Saturday, but it was canceled for Pleskovic’s funeral, where Scullin was a pallbearer.
Pleskovic was a sixth grade teacher. She died from gunshot and stab wounds.