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Jack McCullough's conviction in  the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl has been vacated and he has been ordered released from custody on his own recognizance.

McCullough, 76, has been jailed in some fashion since he was arrested in his Seattle-area home in July 2011. He has been serving a life sentence in the Pontiac Correctional Center. He is required to remain in Illinois as part of the release order.

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Convicted murderer Jack McCullough will have to wait at least two weeks to find out whether he can be released from his life sentence in Pontiac Correctional Center, as his post-conviction pleadings request.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady told two Chicago attorneys who requested to represent McCullough that he had made commitments to other parties that they would be heard on April 15, adding, "I'm going to stick with what I promise."

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Two Chicago attorneys have volunteered to represent convicted murderer Jack McCullough in his attempts to have his conviction overturned. They'll appear at a hearing Friday morning to ask Judge William Brady to release McCullough from prison  immediately "based on actual innocence."

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.

A DeKalb County judge could decide in March whether convicted child murder Jack McCullough gets another chance to prove his innocence.

McCullough made a court appearance Thursday for a case management conference – meaning no evidence was taken there. That was his first court appearance since he was sent to prison in 2012 for the murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore almost 60 years ago.

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