Man charged in Armada killing pleads in drug case

Associated Press

Port Huron — A man charged with killing a 14-year-old girl as she walked her dog in southeastern Michigan has pleaded guilty to a separate drug charge.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports 32-year-old James VanCallis pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana Monday in St. Clair County court. His 66-year-old father also pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana following their arrest in July.

VanCallis was charged Oct. 9 in Macomb County with first-degree murder, felony murder and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration in the July death of April Millsap. Police say he hit Millsap with a motorcycle helmet and stomped on her in Armada.

An attorney for VanCallis has said he maintains his innocence in the killing.

VanCallis and his father will be sentenced on the drug charges in November.