Hearing to continue Tuesday for man accused of murdering Strongsville teacher

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A suppression hearing for a man accused of killing a Strongsville middle school teacher who was set to become his mother-in-law will continue Tuesday morning.

Jeffrey Scullin Jr., 21, faces charges of aggravated murder for the death of Melinda Pleskovic, 49, in October 2017.

Pleskovic was shot and stabbed five days before Scullin was set to marry her daughter. Police, who arrested Scullin a week later, said they found a large tactical knife with Pleskovic’s blood on it hidden on the backseat of Scullin’s pick-up truck and more blood inside the passenger’s side door.

Court documents accuse Scullin of using a revolver to kill Pleskovic.

Scullin was living with the Pleskovic family ahead of the wedding. The night of her murder, Scullin went out to eat with Pleskovic’s husband. When they arrived home and found her body, Scullin called 911.

Defense attorneys for Scullin want the judge handling his trial to not allow confession and polygraph test video to be evidence in the trial.

During the hearing on Monday, Scullin’s attorney, Joseph Patituce, asked the judge to view the video of the polygraph test in private and not in the public courtroom because of the presence of media, including FOX 8. Patutice said if the video was broadcast it could prevent Scullin from having a fair trial.

Patituce claims Scullin was coerced by detectives who he says were dishonest during their questioning.

In the video, Scullin responds to the majority of the detective’s questions by saying, “I didn’t do anything” and “I never hurt her.”

Detectives also told Scullin during the interrogations that they know he lied to them during the investigation process and if he explains why he allegedly killed Pleskovic he can avoid the death penalty.

Scullin’s trial is set to begin Wednesday.

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