UPDATE: The DeKalb County judge granted Jack McCullough his certificate of innocence.
Jack McCullough, who served four years of a life sentence after being wrongly convicted of a 1957 murder, hopes to have his name officially cleared by a judge on Wednesday.
The DeKalb County judge is expected to rule on whether or not to grant McCullough a certificate of innocence. If he does, McCullough would be allowed to sue the State of Illinois for damages for the wrongful murder conviction.
In 2012, McCullough was found guilty of the murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph 60 years ago. At the time, it was one of the coldest cases ever to be solved. But, last year, a prosecutor determined that evidence backed McCullough’s claim that he was 40 miles away, in Rockford, during the time of Ridulph’s initial disappearance.
A judge then ordered McCullough’s release. He has since relocated to Washington State.