Dead woman's mother blames Michigan authorities after fleeing, paroled ex-con kills daughter



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REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The mother of a 25-year-old woman killed by an ex-con fleeing police is asking why Michigan corrections officials paroled him.

Relatives say the newlywed Francesca Weatherhead had just moved to a new house in Royal Oak.

A Livonia police officer was chasing John McCallum when the home invasion suspect crashed into Weatherhead's vehicle Monday in Wayne County's Redford Township.

McCallum was arraigned Thursday on second-degree murder and other charges. His probable cause hearing is Oct. 23.

It wasn't known if he has a lawyer.

Michigan paroled the 27-year-old Detroit man in May after five years' imprisonment for home invasion.

Angela Vitale tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1z2hnnG ) whoever approved McCallum's release "should be held responsible."

State prisons spokesman Russ Marlan says it's "very difficult" to know which ex-cons will re-offend.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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