Homicide

Attorneys want man convicted in girl's 1957 killing set free

  • Jack McCullough listens as DeKalb County Judge William Brady states in the DeKalb County courtroom in Sycamore, Ill., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. McCullough, a former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl, pleaded with a judge Tuesday to quickly consider his latest bid for freedom, citing a prosecutor's scathing review of the investigation that landed him in prison. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Jack McCullough listens as DeKalb County Judge William Brady states in the DeKalb County courtroom in Sycamore, Ill., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. McCullough, a former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl, pleaded with a judge Tuesday to quickly consider his latest bid for freedom, citing a prosecutor's scathing review of the investigation that landed him in prison. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Jack McCullough, 76, appears in court for a hearing on his petition for post-conviction relief at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Ill. McCullough was convicted in 2012 for the 1957 slaying of Maria Ridulph, of Sycamore. But State's Attorney Richard Schmack said that the investigation and prosecution was flawed. A hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016, for a judge to consider a request to release McCullough. (Danielle Guerra/Daily Chronicle via AP, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

    FILE - In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Jack McCullough, 76, appears in court for a hearing on his petition for post-conviction relief at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Ill. McCullough was convicted in 2012 for the 1957 slaying of Maria Ridulph, of Sycamore. But State's Attorney Richard Schmack said that the investigation and prosecution was flawed. A hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016, for a judge to consider a request to release McCullough. (Danielle Guerra/Daily Chronicle via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT  (The Associated Press)

Attorneys for a man serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl are asking for his immediate release from prison, saying a prosecutor's recent investigation shows he is innocent.

The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb reports (http://bit.ly/1ZOT8Dh ) a hearing on the request in Jack McCullough's case is scheduled for Friday.

The attorneys said in their filing that a six-month investigation by the DeKalb County state's attorney showed McCullough's conviction cannot stand.

McCullough was arrested in 2011 and convicted in 2012 for the slaying of Maria Ridulph. Prosecutors said at the time that McCullough choked and stabbed her to death.

But State's Attorney Richard Schmack said the investigation and prosecution was flawed.

A judge told McCullough earlier this week a decisive ruling in his case would require several hearings.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com