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Updated Aug 20, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Not guilty plea for Phoenix woman in spouse's death

PHOENIX -- A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a Phoenix woman accused in the shooting death of her husband last month.

The attorney for Rebekah Marlene Mellon, 31, said she waived her appearance at Monday's arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court. Her next scheduled court date is an initial pretrial conference on Oct. 4.

Mellon has been jailed on a $1 million cash bond on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Phoenix police responded to a 911 call at a house on July 31 and found Donald Mellon Jr., 46, bleeding from a gunshot wound.

He was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said Rebekah Mellon gave them different versions of what transpired before the shooting, and officers recovered a handgun from the home.

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