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Michigan Woman Accused In Husband's Cold Case Murder Returned To U.S. From Italy

Beverly McCallum, accused of murdering her husband Robert Caraballo in 2002's "Jack in the Box" cold case, was returned to the U.S. after two years in police custody in Italy.

By Jonathan Gringauz
This photo provided by the Eaton County Sheriff's Office shows Beverly McCallum,

A Michigan woman accused of murdering her husband in a cold case from 2002 has been returned to the U.S. from Italy. 

Beverly McCallum was arrested in February 2020 by Italian law enforcement in Rome after checking into a hotel under her name, the Eaton County Sheriff's Office announced in 2020.

On July 8, McCallum was taken into custody at an airport by Eaton County deputies after she'd been returned from abroad, the sheriff's office said in a press release. She was arraigned and charged with second-degree murder and the disinterment and mutilation of a body, according to the press release.

McCallum is the last of three defendants charged in the murder of Roberto Caraballo, referred to as the "Jack in the Box" cold case by authorities. She is being held on a $10 million bond, the sheriff's office said.

Caraballo's burned remains were discovered inside a metal footlocker on an Ottawa County blueberry farm. The remains were unidentified until 2015, when investigators used DNA testing and dental records to identify him, Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd said in a press release

In February 2022, Dineane Ducharme, McCallum's daughter, was convicted of first-degree murder and the disinterment and mutilation of Caraballo's body. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to court documents. 

In 2019, Christopher McMillan, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, and was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison. McMillan, as a part of his plea deal, testified against McCallum and Ducharme, according to the Eaton County prosecutor.

McMillan testified that the murder was planned and that McCallum pushed Caraballo down the stairs, at which point he was bludgeoned, then suffocated to death by the three, the Lansing State Journal, a daily newspaper from Lansing, Michigan, reported.

McCallum, the last of the three defendants, will next appear in court on July 22, according to the Eaton County prosecutor.

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