Defense attorneys say there was not enough evidence to send Jack McCullough to prison. McCullough was sentenced in 2012 to life behind bars for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. It was believed to be the nation's oldest cold case.
An Illinois appeals court panel heard oral arguments Wednesday.
State Appellate Defender Paul Glaser says many of the questions involved evidence surrounding the case. He admits it is an extremely rare situation.
A northern Illinois cold case is the subject of a new documentary on Lifetime Movie Network.
“Footsteps in the Snow” premieres Wednesday. It chronicles the time from Maria Ridulph’s kidnapping and murder in 1957 through the conviction of Jack D. McCullough 55 years later.
Ridulph disappeared from the street corner near her home. That incident triggered a search by numerous police agencies, and reports said that President Dwight Eisenhower asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for daily updates.
Jack McCullough is serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph in 1957. It was one the nation's oldest cold cases. A recently filed appellate brief calls into question evidence presented at McCullough's 2012 trial in DeKalb County.
Assistant Deputy Defender Paul Glaser submitted that prosecutors used unreliable evidence, which included personal memories from decades ago, inmate witnesses, and a statement from McCullough's mother just before her death while on painkillers.
The brief says "the law demands more than nostalgia."
The sentencing of Jack McCullough Monday capped the successful prosecution of a high-profile cold case. While an appeal is expected, the life-in-prison term gives law enforcement officials hope about the future of this type of investigative work. That’s despite many of the hurdles in their way.
Jack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison Monday morning for the murder of Maria Ridulph. The 73-year-old McCullough was convicted earlier this year in a DeKalb County bench trial. He was arrested in 2011 after authorities re-opened the investigation into the 1957 kidnapping and slaying.
McCullough's sentencing has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10th, at 10:00 am.
Sentencing for convicted killer Jack McCullough has been postponed. The former Sycamore resident was to be sentenced Friday morning at 11:00 for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph.
Jack Daniel McCullough is back in his cell at the DeKalb County Jail, weighing his options for filing an appeal of his conviction on charges related to the disappearance of little Maria Ridulph on Dec. 3, 1957.
He has 30 days to make that decision, with a sentencing hearing scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
In April, McCullough waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead for a bench trial on charges of murder, kidnapping, and abduction of an infant – defined in Illinois law at the time as a person younger than 12 years old.