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  • Supporters say women are innocent

    Pair jailed in murder case, but relatives vocally protest that the two are falsely accused
  • Two Medford women accused of murder appeared at an extradition hearing Monday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court as their family members protested their innocence.
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  • Two Medford women accused of murder appeared at an extradition hearing Monday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court as their family members protested their innocence.
    Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says Amber Lubbers, 27, and Patricia MacCallum, 26, murdered MacCallum's husband, 34-year-old Michael Christopher MacCallum, and left his body at the base of a steep cliff near Applegate Creek in Northern California late last month.
    California authorities are asking for the pair to be extradited to Siskiyou County to potentially stand trial there. The two women were step-sisters before their parents divorced.
    Lopey said the pair acted in concert to carry out what he called a premeditated murder. But family members said the women are being falsely accused.
    "I think they don't have any other suspects and they are picking on these girls," said Tammy Hale, Patricia MacCallum's mother.
    Michael Christopher MacCallum was found Nov. 20 after family and friends re-ported him missing. He worked in Medford as a driver for Checker Cab and as a bartender. The victim had celebrated his birthday Nov. 17, and had been on a camping trip in northern Siskiyou County near the Oregon border.
    An autopsy revealed MacCallum had been shot.
    Hale said Patricia MacCallum had volunteered information to the police that Michael MacCallum had asked her for the use of her gun and ammunition before leaving for his camping trip.
    "He said it was for safekeeping. He was going to be out in the woods," Hale said.
    Both women seemed confused during the brief hearing, as they appeared via video feed from the Jackson County Jail. Judge Tim Barnack first asked Lubbers if she would agree with California's extradition request, or if she wanted to request another hearing for the court to legally determine her identity.
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