Maria Ridulph

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Charles Ridulph, older brother of a Sycamore schoolgirl murdered in December 1957,  has hired an attorney in his efforts to get a special prosecutor appointed to handle the case case.  

Jack McCullough was arrested in July 2011 and convicted in September 2012 for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. At the time, it was the oldest cold case to be brought to trial in the United States.  

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Jack McCullough, released from prison last Friday after the DeKalb County State's Attorney concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl, says he intends to sue Illinois.

McCullough spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after a judge vacated his 2012 conviction in the slaying of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

He says about his imprisonment: "They didn't just punish me - they punished my whole family."

Casey Porter

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."

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."