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Mellen Case Timeline

  • 7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Daly last seen by girlfriend Cory
  • 10:30 p.m. - Daly's body found on fire in San Pedro Alley
8/2/97 thru 8/12/97
  • Numerous people told police Daly was killed by gang members, Ghost, Wicked, and Payaso
  • June Patti visited Wicked's mother several times
  • Wicked was arrested and charged with Daly's murder
  • Ghost and Payaso were arrested on unrelated cases but not questioned
  • 6:00 a.m. - Police raided home where suspected killers were staying
  • 9-11 a.m. - Patti took a deal on criminal charge for threatening her law enforcement sister while Winn interrogated Wicked's mother and others found in house
  • Afternoon - Patti tried to contact Detective Winn but could not get through; however, this was before Patti's "supposed" conversation with Susan
  • Afternoon - Ginger Wilborn was interrogated and told Winn that Wicked told her Wicked, Ghost and Payaso killed Daly
  • Morning - Patti attended Wicked's arraignment with Wicked's mother
  • 4:00 p.m. - Patti called Winn again and falsely claimed Susan told Patti about the murder
  • DA rejected filing on Ghost and Payaso because Winn's investigation did not yield sufficient evidence of their guilt
  • Morning - Patti spoke to Winn and falsely claimed that after a brief phone call with Susan on the evening of August 13 she and Susan met that night and Susan confessed to being present during Daly killing
  • Based solely on Patti's statement, Winn arrested Susan in front of her 9-year-old daughter
  • During an agressive police interrogation, Winn ignored Susan's repeated protestations of innocence and refused to give her a polygraph test 

Suzy's Bucket List



  • Do the Running Man on Ellen's Show
  • Take a cruise with her family (and her favorite lawyer)
  • Share her story to help other innocent people
  • Teach her grandson to say "grandma"
  • Talk Donnie into moving back to California
  • Help plan Jessica's wedding
  • Reconnect with dear friends

Mellen Case Documents

Police Investigation

  • Police Report
  • June Patti's initial statement
  • June Patti's preliminary hearing testimony

Trial Transcripts

  • June Patti's testimony
  • Susan Mellen's testimony

Appellate Records

  • Appellate's Opening Brief
  • Respondent's Brief
  • Appellate's Reply Brief