Judges hear appeal in 1957 Illinois killing case

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 1:56 PM
Judges hear appeal in 1957 Illinois killing case

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Defense attorneys have argued there wasn't enough evidence to convict a man in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl from northern Illinois.

Jack McCullough was sentenced in 2012 to life in prison in the stabbing of Maria Ridulph in the city of Sycamore. It was one of the oldest unsolved crimes to go to trial in the U.S.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1rXNLjg ) McCullough's attorney on Wednesday during oral arguments told an Illinois appeals court panel that prosecutors didn't prove McCullough's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. McCullough's attorney also questioned a judge's decision to exclude old FBI paperwork as evidence.

A decision is expected from justices in three to eight weeks. Maria's family and the Sycamore mayor attended the hearing.

Sycamore is about 55 miles west of Chicago.

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