Jack McCullough

The American Bar Association will honor former DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack for his post-conviction work on the Jack McCullough case.

McCullough was convicted in 2012 for the 1957 murder of Sycamore resident Maria Ridulph. At the time, it was America's longest lasting cold case. However, Schmack re-examined the evidence and found phone records showing that McCullough was in Rockford at the time of the crime.

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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.

Brian Towne

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.

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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.