The Latest: Brother of slain girl wants special prosecutor

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — The Latest in the legal battle of a 76-year-old man who says he’s been wrongfully imprisoned in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl (all times local):

7:30 a.m.

The brother of a 7-year-old Illinois girl who was kidnapped and slain in 1957 has asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to ensure the man convicted of the crime stays behind bars.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports ( ) that Charles Ridulph filed his motion Monday in DeKalb County Court.

The motion follows a six-month review by the county’s public prosecutor, who concluded, based on new evidence, that 76-year-old Jack McCullough could not have committed the crime.

McCullough was convicted in 2012 of abducting and killing Maria Ridulph more than half a century earlier in the small community of Sycamore.

The latest hearing in McCullough’s petition for post-conviction relief is set for Tuesday afternoon.


6 a.m.

A 76-year-old former security guard serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl could go free soon after a prosecutor found fault with the investigation and new evidence corroborated an alibi.

One of the oldest cases in the U.S. ever to go to trial will be back before a DeKalb County court Tuesday, not far from Sycamore, where Maria Ridulph was abducted, stabbed and choked to death. Jack McCullough was convicted in 2012, some 55 years after the death.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack said in a scathing filing last week that a review turned up serious missteps during the investigation and prosecution. He also said there was new evidence supporting a McCullough alibi.