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Appeal to be argued in 1957 murder case

Oral arguments are set to get underway in the case of a man who’s appealing his conviction in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl from northern Illinois.

Maria Ridulph of Sycamore, Ill. was killed in 1957 when she was 7 years old. | Sun-Times Library
Maria Ridulph of Sycamore, Ill. was killed in 1957 when she was 7 years old. | Sun-Times Library

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.

His lawyers say prosecutors relied on fallible recollections of a woman who, as a child decades earlier, had been playing with Ridulph the night she disappeared.

McCullough’s attorneys have also questioned a judge’s decision to exclude old FBI paperwork as evidence.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that arguments were to begin Wednesday morning at the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin.