Convicted Murderer Jack McCullough Set Free

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A 76-year-old man serving a life sentence for the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl has been set free.

A prosecutor re-examined evidence and concluded Jack McCullough couldn’t have committed the crime. McCullough was convicted in 2012 in the killing of Maria Ridulph.

Defense lawyers argued McCullough should be released at a hearing Friday. The judge agreed, vacating McCullough’s conviction and releasing him on bond until a new trial is held.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack agreed that McCullough should be freed. Schmack says evidence proves McCullough was 35 miles away when the second-grader was abducted in Sycamore.

A new trial date has not been set.

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