YREKA, Calif. — It only took a jury a couple of hours of deliberation to reach their verdict.
Monday, Patricia MacCallum was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of her husband, Christopher. District Attorney Kirk Andrus said the verdict was read in front of Christopher’s parents who were overcome with emotion.
“Not only is it a bit of an ending point, it’s also a beginning point. I mean this is an opportunity for them to move forward and deal with emotions that were waiting for a trigger, and today was a very big trigger for them I think,” said Andrus.
The verdict comes just over a year after Christopher’s body was found on the California side of the border at a campsite near Applegate Lake. Andrus said Patricia’s step sister’s plea of being an accessory to murder was key to the case.
“We wouldn’t have been able not only to have this verdict, on this case today, but even be able to tell Christopher’s mother and father what happened to him, if we hadn’t made that very hard decision,” said Andrus.
Newswatch12 spoke with Patricia days after the murder, before she was arrested.
“I don’t know what happened or why he was taken but he was a great guy and he put his family first,” said MacCallum in November of 2012.
Their children will now have to move on without a mother or father.
“It’s a significant difficulty for a child who had Chris who would be a good daddy to her and a mother who’s not going to mother her so there’s no happiness here but we feel satisfied we did our job,” said Andrus.
Andrus said MacCallum likely faces 50 years to life in prison.