On Tuesday afternoon, David McCall pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Elaine, last year at their longtime Lowell Street residence in Wakefield. The 73-year-old had initially entered a not guilty plea last March at the time of his arrest.
"I'm guilty," McCall told Judge Elizabeth Fahey at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. In total, McCall pleaded guilty to four charges on Tuesday - second degree murder and three counts of improper storage of a firearm. The three firearm charges stem from police finding three of the four guns McCall owned improperly secured after the shooting. The defendant noted Tuesday that he had told police that night where the guns could be found. For the murder, McCall was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, which he could be eligible for in 15 years - when he would be about 89 years old.
With the firearms charges factored in, McCall would be on probation for the rest of his life even if he is eventually paroled. At one point, the judge also reminded McCall that his sentence, which the prosection and defense agreed to, did not carry any actual guarantee of parole.
Before shooting his wife of 46 years in the chest in March of 2011 during an argument, McCall worked as an accounting supervisor at Harvard and as an accounting manager at Bank of Boston. He also served six years in the Air Force and is a graduate of Bentley College.
Several relatives read victim impact statements, recounting how much Elaine McCall had meant to them and other loved ones, and denouncing McCall, who they referred to only as "David," for a senseless act that forever altered the family. McCall did not speak to his family members although his attorney replied to them that the defendant "regrets each and every day what took place that day."
“This was a tragic case of domestic violence that caused Elaine’s family great anguish,” said District Attorney Gerard Leone later on Tuesday. “With today’s guilty plea, the defendant has accepted responsibility for his brutal actions that took the life of his wife allowing the family of this victim to continue their recovery. Our thoughts remain with Elaine’s family and friends.”