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May 1, 2024 — Exhumation today

The body of murder victim Roberto Caraballo will be disinterred this morning, all part of getting him home to the Dominican Republic. He has lain in a grave in a Grand Haven Township cemetery for some 20 years, an unknown until the case was broken.

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April 9, 2024 — Time to go home

The grave marker given by those associated with the case of the murder of Roberto Caraballo described him as “Known only to God.” Roberto’s body–though he was unidentified–was treated with respect, even love, by those determined to solve this case.

That was then.

Now we know who he is, who he was, and how he met his end. Justice has been achieved with the conviction of Beverly McCallum last week. And now it’s time for Roberto’s body to go home to the Dominican Republic. His beloved daughter Sicily has asked for help to bring him there. Here are the charges:

I know the folks at Sytsema. I’m betting this is below cost. Would you consider a small donation? Or a big one? Roberto has been a stranger in a strange land for too long. This can be remedied. We can do it.

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April 1, 2024 — Guilty as charged

It took the just less than two hours to return a verdict of guilty for Beverly McCallum. I believe justice has now been served. Amen, amen. Micah 6:8 sums up what we are asked: “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before your God.”

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March 26, 2024 — More Court TV

Oh, my. I have been invited to take part in an interview this evening about 8 p.m. We’ll see. Detective (retired) Bob Donker delivered detailed and clear testimony. I’ll be gone this afternoon, so I’ll miss much.

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March 25, 2024 — CourtTV and the trial

Lots of interruptions for mindless commercials, but the opening statements are on today at CourtTV. Opening statements. I cannot be there, the result of another spinal fusion surgery. Maybe later in the trial when I can get a ride.

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March 7, 2024 — Bev’s scheduled court dates

Here are Bev’s dates:

3/12/24: Final Pretrial Hearing

3/22/24: Jury Selection Begins 

3/25/24: Trial Begins

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November 28, 2023 — First or second?

Beverly McCallum will face trail on the charge of murdering her husband, Roberto Caraballo, in 2002. But on what charge. She was extradited from Rome with the stipulation that she NOT face first degree murder. The prosecutor, Doug Lloyd, wants to bump it up to first. Here is the Court TV report of the Oct. 23 hearing. wow, is that host presumptuous! She has no idea.

I have been negligent in getting this to you.

The conference mention by Judge Cunningham has been postponed until 1:15 p.m. Dec. 4. Our friend Alysia Sofios will be there.

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October 6, 2023 — Hearing postponed; appeal denied

Today’s hearing for Beverly McCallum has been postponed to Oct. 23. And hers daughter’s (Dineane Ducharme) appeal process started off with a denial at the circuit court on Sept.27. It likely will come before the Court of Appeals next. And if denied there, with a request for a review at the Michigan Supreme Court.

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September 24, 2023 — What do I know? Not much.

I have had to rely on the good graces of producer Alysia Sofios to learn what’s going on in the murder trial of Beverly McCallum. Her trial for the 2002 murder of her husband Roberto Caraballo has been postponed. The next scheduled court session at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 6 for a hearing in 56th Circuit Court. Meanwhile, not everything is done, evidently, with the story of her daughter Dineane Ducharme, convicted last year of first degree murder of her stepfather, Mr. Caraballo. She received a life sentence. There is a motion hearing Sept 27 at 8:30 in 56th Circuit Court. Is there a new trial in the offing? A resentencing? I don’t know.

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April 15, 2023 — Tony Willis, dod August 6, 1994

Coming back from yet another spinal fusion, there’s the tug to get back to work on a homicide. The last seven years have largely been devoted to my film work on peace activist A.J. Muste (radicalforpeace.org). Now that’s done I might could do more work. Doesn’t matter that I’m 74 and don’t walk well.

The case is that of Tony Willis, shot and killed outside his house. He collapsed roughly at the intersection of Lafayette and Brown streets in Grand Rapids.

More to come.

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