Court hearing for a suspected Strongsville killer

(Cleveland) - A man accused of killing a 6th grade Strongsville middle school teacher is trying have his confession thrown out, before his trial begins next week. 

Attorney's for 21 year old Jeffrey Scullin claim detectives made mistakes in their investigation, and there's no evidence linking him to the murder. They also contend the confession was coerced. 

Police officer Patrick O'sullivan was one of the first responders, and told the court it was a gruesome crime scene, with Melinda Pleskovic lying in a pool of blood. O'Sullivan said it was obvious that Pleskovic had been stabbed, and that Scullin and other family members were on the scene. 

Detectives claim there's no doubt Scullin shot and stabbed the 49 year old Pleskovic, his mother in law, inside their home on Blazing Star Drive in Strongsville last year.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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