Melanie initially denied all the accusations against her until she cracked and confessed to the murder. She then explained that Gianna was a traitor despite their close friendship. She then explained that she was close with the thief and worked as an accomplice in the robberies. When Gianna did some digging of her own into the thefts and found out who the thief was, she confided in her close friend Melanie for advice on what to do. Gianna then planned to go to the police and tell her fiancé, Dustin, about the truth at the aquarium party, but Melanie refused to let that happen. She then asked Gianna to meet her on the bridge before she pounced on her and fed Gianna to the shark. An angry and tearful Dustin then arrested Melanie and sent her to trial with Judge South, who sentenced Melanie to life in prison for the murder and her involvement in the thief's crimes.