Woman shot several times played dead in Lehigh Township, state police say

A seemingly routine family chat at the Lehigh Township home of Joseph Mullner ended in bloodshed the afternoon of Oct. 4 when his cousin jumped up with a handgun and “out of the blue” shot Mullner and his wife, according to testimony Friday by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

A bleeding Joseph Mullner ran before collapsing in front of the garage, where he died, testified Trooper Raymond Judge, while Mullner’s wife, Melinda, told police she “played dead” until she heard her attacker run outside and fire several more shots.

Then, as she lay bleeding on the floor inside the house, she told police she tried to crawl across the room to grab a handgun, Judge testified.

But her husband’s cousin, John Hann, returned and while standing above Melinda Mullner, shot her “at least three” more times before fleeing the home, Judge said during a preliminary hearing at the Northampton County Courthouse in Easton.

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