Ohio son-in-law pallbearer at mother-in-law’s funeral, now charged with her murder

As authorities release new information in their investigation of an Ohio teacher’s brutal murder last month, details reveal how the victim’s son-in-law and suspected killer behaved between the time of the murder and his arrest.

CrimeOnline previously reported that 20-year-old Jeffrey Scullin Jr. was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder in connection with the October 24 death of Melinda Pleskovic.

Scullin, who was reportedly engaged to Pleskovic’s daughter, was with the victim’s husband when they found her body at the Strongsville home in which they had all been living.

WKYC reported that the suspect served as a pallbearer at Pleskovic’s funeral on Saturday, just days before he was arrested.

That was reportedly also supposed to be the day of his wedding to the victim’s daughter.

According to WJW, authorities have added new charges to the felony counts announced after his arrest on Tuesday.

In addition to aggravated murder, murder, and two counts of felonious assault, Scullin is also reportedly facing charges of tampering with evidence and making false alarms.

He is in the custody at the Cuyahoga County jail with bond set at $1 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Along with the victim’s husband, Bruce Pleskovic, Scullin called 911 to report the body, which officials say had been stabbed and shot in the back.

Scullin, who lived with the Pleskovics along with his fiancee and their 1-year-old daughter, set the scene in the recorded call.

“There’s a lot of blood,” he told the dispatcher, describing “multiple stab wounds” on the victim, according to WOIO.

As CrimeOnline reported, Bruce Pleskovic mentioned prior attempted break-ins at the residence in his call to 911.

According to WJW, however, Scullin was the only person who claimed to have witnessed the incidents and police have not confirmed that they found those reports to be credible.

[Featured image: Strongsville Police/Facebook]