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Mother of gay teen fights for justice after 'house arrest' decision for father accused in murder

Posted at 10:05 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 08:17:02-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The mother of a Henderson teen allegedly killed by his own father because "he did not want a gay son" is asking the Clark County District Attorney to see what can be done about a decision that is not sitting well with her.

Veronica Melton says she was in the courtroom on March 22, 2018, when prosecutors told they planned to fight a reduction in bail and a house arrest proposal for her ex-husband, Wendell Melton.

But the bail hearing did not go the way she had hopped.

"I felt betrayed," said Veronica.

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"I asked her if there were any changes and she said not to worry about it, but then I walked out of the courtroom and I asked her what happened and [the prosecutor] said, 'Well these things happen,'" explained Veronica.

In the hearing, a judge agreed to lower Melton's bail to $200,000 with house arrest while awaiting trial.

Veronica and her pastor, Jamie Sprague-Ballou, met with District Attorney Steve Wolfson on Monday to ask what can be done at this stage of the process.

"He said to me that he is going to be investigating this case. He was going to see all of the transcripts from the March 22 hearing and what actually occurred because we only have bits and pieces of that court date," explained Veronica.

Veronica also asked why a hate-crime enhancement was not added to the charges.

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She believes the killing was motivated by her son's orientation.

"Here's a mother who just lost a child and what it must have felt like to her, she felt like justice wasn't being served," said Veronica.

13 Investigates contacted the District Attorney's office during business hours on Monday but a request for comment was not immediately returned.

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