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Man charged in 2010 murder of Midland woman found shot in cemetery

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (05/19/14) - Nearly four years after a 23-year-old Midland woman was found shot to death in a cemetery, a man now faces charges for her murder.

When police found Jessica Callan in Saginaw County back in July 2010, they said they had at least one suspect identified - but there wasn't enough evidence.

That changed on Monday.

Birl Hill was already in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. He is now going to remain there after being charged with murder.

District Court Judge M.T. Thompson read the charges against 37-year-old Birl Hill - 12 criminal counts in all, including first degree premeditated murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jessica Callan.

Her body was found at Mount Olive Cemetery in Spaulding Township in July 2010. Family and friends held a vigil last July at the cemetery, hoping justice would come soon.

Jessica's mother, Michelle Berk, told us that she was concerned no one had been charged in her daughter's death.

"We've lost Jessie and we have been without her for three years now, and this person has no punishment," she said.

Hill was actually arrested last year in a breaking and entering and firearms case. He plead guilty to two counts and served his jail time in that case.

He was re-arrested at the beginning of this year for failure to register as a sex offender from a conviction dating back to the 1990's. Now come the charges in the Callan murder.

Her killing is believed to be related to drugs. When she was killed, Callan had an open possession of marijuana case in Midland County.

Another man is also expected to be charged in the case. The 32-year-old Saginaw man will face a charge of lying to a peace officer.

Hill is being held without bond.
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