Jack McCullough

Hearing On McCullough Conviction To Be Held Today

Mar 28, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The case of Jack McCullough will be back in DeKalb County Courthouse Today.  He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Sycamore resident Maria Ridulph.

  

At the time, this was the oldest cold case to be solved in US history. But DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said in a released statement newly-permissible evidence suggests that McCullough may be innocent.

Judge To Appoint Counsel For McCullough Petition

Mar 25, 2016
Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Updated: 3/29/16 2:50 p.m.

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957, and the victim's family will have to wait to pursue a request for a special prosecutor to oppose McCullough.

DeKalb County Circuit Judge William Brady announced those decisions Tuesday afternoon in a crowded courtroom that included a jury box full of reporters from Rockford and Chicago as well as the immediate area.

DeKalb County Jail

A judge is giving a 75-year-old man more time to make a case he deserves a new trial after being convicted of murdering a northern Illinois girl in 1957.

Jack D. McCullough was convicted in 2012 of killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. An appellate court upheld his conviction in February.
 
A DeKalb County judge who denied McCullough's handwritten request for post-conviction relief last month has given him until Nov. 30 to build a
stronger case.

DeKalb County Jail

Two prosecution witnesses lied and the prosecution withheld evidence in the cold-case trial of Jack McCullough. That’s according to a new motion filed in DeKalb County Circuit Court by Public Defender Tom McCulloch.

McCullough was convicted in September 2012 of murdering 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore in 1957. He has maintained his innocence since his arrest in the Seattle, Wash., area.

The motion, filed last week, asks reconsideration of a motion that McCullough filed in June, seeking relief based on actual innocence.

DeKalb County Jail

An Illinois appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of Jack McCullough.  Assistant Deputy Defender Paul Glaser confirms to WNIJ that the court vacated the kidnapping and abduction convictions. 

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McCullough was sentenced to life in prison for the 1957 death of Sycamore's Maria Ridulph.

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