Murder suspect agrees to extradition
A Medford woman accused of killing her husband in November agreed Monday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court to be extradited to California.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says Patricia MacCallum, 26, along with Amber Lubbers, 27, 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.
The two women, who at one point were step-sisters, appeared at an extradition hearing a week ago. Both seemed confused at the court proceedings, during which Lubbers agreed to be immediately transported over the protests of her family members. MacCallum requested today's hearing before Judge Tim Barnack.
In a very brief appearance before Barnack, MacCallum agreed to the extradition Monday. Barnack set her bail at $1 million and said California has 21 days to pick her up and transport her to a jail in that state.
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.
Michael MacCallum's body was found Nov. 20 after family and friends reported him missing.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.
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.
Tammy Hale, Patricia MacCallum's mother, said after last week's hearing that both women had fully cooperated with Siskiyou and Jackson county authorities before their arrests. Her daughter 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, Hale said.
Hale said her daughter and Lubbers each take medication for mental health issues. She added MacCallum and Lubbers have children who are staying with family members.
The Siskiyou County sheriff is still looking for information about the case and is asking anyone with knowledge of MacCallum's death to call the agency's 24-hour dispatch number at 530-841-2900.
Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.