Jack D. McCullough

A DeKalb County judge could decide in March whether convicted child murder Jack McCullough gets another chance to prove his innocence.

McCullough made a court appearance Thursday for a case management conference – meaning no evidence was taken there. That was his first court appearance since he was sent to prison in 2012 for the murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore almost 60 years ago.

Two new faces join McCullough case

Aug 6, 2012
DeKalb County Jail

One of the nation’s oldest criminal cases will have two new faces when the trial begins Sept. 20 in DeKalb County Circuit Court.

Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock will preside over the bench trial and decide the fate of Jack D. McCullough, who waived a jury trial last week on charges of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. The Sycamore girl was abducted from her neighborhood Dec. 3, 1957.

The other new figure in the case is Geneva attorney Tom McCulloch, who was named interim public defender replacing Regina Harris, who resigned in June after five years to start a private practice.