Suspect Identified in Redford Twp Crash that Killed Francesca Vitale Weatherhead


REDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI – The suspect who caused the crash that killed 25-year-old Francesca Vitale Weatherhead, at 6 Mile and Beech Daly in Redford Township, MI has been identified as John McCallum III.JOHN MCCALLUM III

John McCallum III was out on parole.  He was let out on May 6th of 2014 from the Michigan Department of Corrections.




The suspect driving the vehicle involved in the fatal accident at Six Mile & Beech Daly on October 6th, 2014 has been arraigned at the hospital by the 16th District Court.

John McCallum III, 27 years of age, was charged with Second Degree Murder, Reckless Driving Causing Death, Fleeing Police First Degree, Driving While License Suspended Causing Death, and Attempted Home Invasion. He has also been charged as a Habitual Offender Fourth Offense.

He was remanded without bond.

McCallum’s previous convictions are:

Offense: Home Invasion – 2nd Degree
Minimum Sentence:  4 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.110A3
Maximum Sentence:  15 years 0 months
Court File#:  11005169-01-FH
Date of Offense:  07/21/2009
County:  Wayne
Date of Sentence:  07/06/2011
Conviction Type:  Plea

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Offense:  Home Invasion – 2nd Degree
Minimum Sentence:  4 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#:  750.110A3
Maximum Sentence:  15 years 0 months
Court File#:  09021871-01-FH
Date of Offense:  07/22/2009
County:  Wayne
Date of Sentence:  09/22/2009
Conviction Type:  Plea

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Offense:  Home Invasion – 1st Degree
Minimum Sentence:  4 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#:  750.110A2
Maximum Sentence:  20 years 0 months
Court File#:  0919562-02-FH
Date of Offense:  07/15/2009
County:  Wayne
Date of Sentence:  09/22/2009
Conviction Type:  Plea

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Offense:  Controlled Substance-Possess Narcotic/Cocaine < 25 Grams – Attempt
Minimum Sentence:
MCL#:333.74032A5
Maximum Sentence:  2 years 0 months
Court File#:  09012114-01-FH
Date of Offense:  05/09/2009
County:  Wayne
Date of Sentence:  07/13/2009
Conviction Type:  Plea
Discharge Date:  09/22/2009
Discharge Reason: Offender Discharge

The Redford Police and Fire Departments responded to a crash at 10:15 October 6th, 2014 at the intersection of 6 Mile and Beech Daly.  The crash involved two vehicles. One adult woman from Royal Oak, Fransesca Weatherhead, was killed. McCallum was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Both vehicles involved in the crash ended up on the front lawn of Our Lady of Loretto Roman Catholic Church.

Second Degree Murder carries a sentence of life or any number of years. The Fleeing, Reckless and Suspended charges are all 15 year felonies and the Home Invasion has a 2 1/2 year penalty.  Anyone charged and convited as a Habitual Offender Fourth Offense there is a mandatory 25 year to life sentence.

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