Jack McCullough

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle/shawmedia.com

Jack McCullough filed a lawsuit against state and local authorities just days after he was granted a certificate of innocence.  

McCullough’s lawsuit accuses Sycamore, Illinois, and Seattle police of conspiring with DeKalb County prosecutors to frame him. He was previously convicted in 2012 for the 1957 murder of Sycamore resident Maria Ridulph.  However, the decision was overturned last year when phone records showed McCullough was in Rockford at the time of the incident.

Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle

A 77-year-old Seattle man has been granted a Certificate of Innocence in the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a Sycamore girl. 

Jack McCullough was not in court in DeKalb County today when Judge William Brady announced his decision. This clears the way for McCullough to receive up to $85,000 from the state for wrongful conviction. He served four years in prison before his conviction was vacated last year.

7-year-old Maria Ridulph was kidnapped near her home in Sycamore in 1957. Her body was found several months later. The case is still open.

A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate allegations of perjury and other wrongdoing in the Jack McCullough case. The Daily Chronicle reports Brian Towne was appointed to the position.  He's the former LaSalle County State's Attorney, and part of the special prosecution unit of the State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor's office.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A DeKalb County judge has set dates for hearings in two cases involving Jack McCullough, the Seattle resident who was convicted of the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. That conviction was vacated after a review last year showed he could not have committed the crime. 

McCullough Hearing Rescheduled To Late January

Dec 5, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Jack McCullough’s hearing for a certificate of innocence was pushed back to next year.

It was supposed to be held Monday. Instead, newly-elected DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato signed a court document that day,  postponing the court date to the end of January.

Amato didn't immediately return calls from WNIJ regarding his rationale for the decision.