Dedham: Two Men Charged in Fight that Killed Bridgewater Man

Kathy McCallum, the wifeof Christopher McCallum speaks in front of the Norfolk Superior Courthouse. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Kathy McCallum, the wife of Christopher McCallum speaks in front of the Norfolk Superior Courthouse. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

A Bridgewater father of three was killed in January after an altercation at a Quincy American Legion Post.  

Two men, Matthew and Steven Potter, were arraigned on charges in connection to that fight on Wednesday in Norfolk Superior Court. The two men are the sons of a retired Quincy Police Department Detective.

Christopher McCallum was killed after he was punched and fell backwards, hitting his head.

“My family will never be the same without such a wonderful husband,” said his wife, Kathy McCallum. “My sons will live forever without their loving father, because of Matthew and Steven Potter and their reckless behavior and senseless act of violence.”

On the night of January 26th, Christopher McCallum was attending a fundraising event at the American Legion Nickerson Post in Quincy with his twin brother, William.

According to Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Lisa Beatty, Christopher McCallum grew up in the Squantum section of the city, and William McCallum was a member at the post. When the event ended around 11 p.m., some of the attendees moved to the members section of the building.

“Both defendants, throughout the course of the night, were described as being as aggressive and argumentative with a variety of different people,” said Beatty. “At a certain point, after an interaction with a member and his brother, the defendants were asked to leave.”

Steven Potter re-entered the bar through a back door. The manager was frustrated and once again asked him to leave. At this point, the manager told the bartenders to close the bar.

Steven Potter was aggressive, and tried to hit the manager. The manager punched him in defense. Witnesses described the scene outside as very dark, and difficult to see what was going on. People leaving the bar found Matthew Potter, who was attempting to re-enter the bar. He was aggressive and punching, but did not make contact with anyone.

A short time later, Beatty says witnesses saw an altercation between Matthew Potter, Christopher McCallum, and William McCallum near the roadway. A witness separated them, and held William McCallum. Christopher McCallum moved closer to Matthew Potter.

Witnesses then saw Christopher McCallum fall in a manner that was consistent with being punched or assaulted. Matthew Potter was described as being an arm’s length away from McCallum’s unconscious body. According to court documents, he was transported to Boston Medical Center, doctors determined that he had numerous skull fractures and severe brain trauma.

Matthew Potter is charged with the Manslaughter of McCallum, two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a female victim, and one count of Assault on another man.

Steven Potter is charged with Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury, two counts of Assault –those charges are not against McCallum. Both responded not guilty to all charges.

Kevin Reddington, an attorney for Matthew Potter, says Matthew Potter was the victim of an assault.

“My concern was that there are no injuries to his hands whatsoever, nothing on his knuckles. There were significant injuries to his ankle, where he was stepped on, his forehead where his head was slammed into the pavement. The brother of the deceased was an agitator that initially started the issue and the subsequent fight,” said Reddington. “My guy was on the ground, he didn’t throw a punch at anybody, he didn’t hit McCallum, at all. We have the documentation by way of medical records that clearly, he was set upon.”

Matthew Potter is an employee of National Grid, Steven McCallum is employed by Boston EMS. Neither has a criminal record.

Matthew Potter’s bail was set at $20,000. Reddington said he is expected to post it. Steven Potter’s bail was set at $1,000. Both are due back in court at 2 p.m. on January 10 for a pre-trial hearing.

“I am so grateful for all the brave people who came forward to tell the story of what happened to Chris that night,” said Kathy McCallum. “It’s because of them that we are able to obtain the indictment we have long hoped for.”

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.