DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — 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. Jack McCullough was convicted in 2012 for the death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph 59 years after the death. Maria was abducted in Sycamore, Illinois where she was stabbed and choked to death.
DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack says in a scathing filing last week that a review turned up serious missteps during the investigation and prosecution. He also says there was new evidence supporting a McCullough alibi.