July 11, 2022 — Beverly McCallum is back and has been arraigned

Booking photo for Beverly Ann McCallum/Magliochetti

Beverly McCallum/Magliochetti/any number of other aliases/ has been returned to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department and staff for arraignment today in Eaton County District Count. After a lengthy delay in a Roman jail, her extradition-blocking efforts came to naught, and Italian authorities told U.S. Federal Marshalls to come pick her up or they would release her. It didn’t take them long to swoop in and escort her back to the states. She was booked into the Eaton County Jail at 1:19 a.m. Saturday morning. And this afternoon she was arraigned in 56A, the court room of Judge Kelly E. Morton. She was bound over to circuit court on charged of second degree murder and for exhuming or mutilating a body. Her bond was placed at $10 million.

McCallum is scheduled to appear in court on July 22.

The only hitch? Judge Morton denied our request to video the proceedings, something pretty much inexplicable.

I have a deep gratitude for the U.S. Marshalls who did the heavy lifting to get Ms. McCallum here, the Eaton County Sheriff’s office, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department (Bob Donker, ret., in particular) for their steadfast determination to see her face justice, accused in the 2002 murder of her husband, Roberto Caraballo.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Facebook page makes mention of others, too: “On Friday, July 8, 2022, Eaton County Deputies took custody of Beverly McCallum at the Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport. McCallum has been in custody since February 2020 in Rome, Italy, for pending Murder-related charges. We would like to thank the United States Marshall’s Service Western District of Michigan, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office, the Polizia di Stato of Rome, Italy, and the Gerald R. Ford Airport Police Department for the smooth transition of taking McCallum into our custody.”

Meanwhile, her daughter, Dineane Ducharme remains in the Huron Valley Complex/Women’s. She rolled the dice at trial and lost: instead of taking any plea she was convicted of first-degree murder. That’s a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

So, why is Ms. McCallum charged with only second degree murder and not first? My understanding is that it had to do with even the possibility of having her extradited. This is on the Roman justice system. I think local prosecutors made a wise decision to get her back and to honor their agreement. The penalties for second degree murder might well range from 20 to 40 years. It may well be a life sentence. I’m not wasting a minute second guessing it.

McCallum is scheduled to appear in court on July 22. We’re at the start of what might turn out to be a long process. Will she choose to go to trial, plead nolo contendere, or guilty? We’ll wait it out.

1 Comments

  1. Cathy Armstrong, July 12, 2022:

    I share your gratitude. Countless hours and sacrifices were put into this victory.

Leave a comment

 
%d bloggers like this: