Medford woman guilty of murder

Siskiyou County jury renders unanimous verdict in death of Michael MacCallum

YREKA, Calif. — A Siskiyou County, Calif., jury on Monday found Patricia MacCallum of Medford guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in November 2012.

Michael Christopher MacCallum's body was found Nov. 20, 2012, at an Applegate-area campground, just south of the Oregon border. He had been shot multiple times and his body dumped at the base of a cliff.

The charges included first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. Enhancements on the charges could bring a sentence of 50 years to life for MacCallum, depending on the outcome of a sentencing hearing scheduled for Feb. 20.

"I know this was not an easy case," Judge Karen Dixon told the jury before closing the hearing. The 12-member panel began deliberating Friday afternoon.

A Siskiyou County prosecutor told the jury MacCallum killed her husband, using a semi-automatic pistol, while he was sleeping. Two other witnesses, including a woman who pleaded guilty to helping MacCallum cover up the crime, said she told them she wanted her husband to die.

That witness, Amber Lubbers, 27, of Medford, pleaded guilty in March in Siskiyou County Superior Court to one count of being an accessory after the fact. Lubbers admitted to being at the scene at the time of the murder and helping to cover up the evidence. MacCallum and Lubbers were arrested Dec. 7, 2012.

Another witness, Jeremiah Hills, alleged that MacCallum told him that she would be better off if her husband were dead. He also alleged that MacCallum had asked him whether he knew anyone who would be willing to help her "take care" of her husband.

Prosecutors rested their case in the four-week trial last Wednesday and the defense announced it would not call any witnesses.

All 12 jurors were polled at the reading Monday, and each declared that the guilty verdict they delivered was a "true and final verdict" each had reached.


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