Jack D. McCullough

Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle

Jack McCullough was back in DeKalb County Court Thursday seeking a Certificate of Innocence that will officially clear him in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl. It would also allow him to sue the state of Illinois for the conviction and subsequent imprisonment. 

McCullough was convicted in 2012 for the murder of  7-year-old Maria Ridulph in what was the oldest cold case ever brought to trial in the U.S. and sentenced to life in prison.

DeKalb County State's Attorney

DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack is requesting the Circuit Court appoint a special state's attorney to investigate possible perjury by a Seattle, Washington police officer in the 2012 trial of Jack D. McCullough for the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph.  

McCullough was found guilty. His conviction was dismissed this year after Schmack said a court-ordered review including evidence not admitted in that trial showed McCullough could not have committed the crime. McCullough was freed after spending several years in prison. 

The question of appointing a special prosecutor in the case of the decades-old murder of a Sycamore girl will again be continued in an additional hearing next month. This time, it will include witness testimony.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack wanted the special prosecutor request dismissed and Charles Ridulph's testimony limited. Ridulph is the brother of Maria Ridulph, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1957.

The question of appointing a special prosecutor in the case of the decades-old murder of a Sycamore girl will continue in an additional hearing next month.

The victim's older brother, Charles Ridulph, has claimed that DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack has a "conflict of interest" in pursuing the case and has asked the court to name a special prosecutor.  

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Jack McCullough, released from prison last Friday after the DeKalb County State's Attorney concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl, says he intends to sue Illinois.

McCullough spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after a judge vacated his 2012 conviction in the slaying of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

He says about his imprisonment: "They didn't just punish me - they punished my whole family."

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