Q: Several years ago, I worked with a man named Mel Bain at Aerojet. I read last year that a woman whom he and his wife befriended allegedly killed him and beat his wife, who later died in the hospital. What ever happened to this case?
A: Shauna Burton is in Sacramento County Jail, charged with murder and robbery in the November 2013 deaths of Melvin and Jean Bain.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, she is scheduled for a trial readiness conference Nov. 19, with the trial set for Dec. 10.
Burton, 38, was arrested Nov. 4, 2013, on suspicion of murdering Melvin Bain, 78, and brutally beating his wife, Jean, 78, in their Rancho Cordova mobile home the previous day. Jean Bain died of her injuries several days later.
Detectives have said that Burton was acquainted with the Bains and that Melvin Bain occasionally gave her money.
The attack on the Bains allegedly was part of a series of crimes that began early Nov. 3. Investigators allege that sometime before 7 a.m., Burton stole a maroon Cadillac Eldorado from a neighbor on Aries Way and drove to a CVS pharmacy on Zinfandel Drive about 7:12 a.m., where she claimed to have a gun and demanded cash.
The Cadillac was found abandoned about 9:30 p.m., but sheriff’s officials said detectives believe Burton used the car to visit the Bains’ home after the robbery at the pharmacy.