- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the 2012 conviction of a man accused of abducting a 7-year-old schoolgirl from a northern Illinois street, then choking and stabbing her to death nearly 60 years ago.

Jack D. McCullough was sentenced to life in prison for the 1957 slaying of Maria Ridulph. The Chronicle in DeKalb reports (https://shawurl.com/1qc0) that while the Second District Appellate Court upheld the 75-year-old McCullough’s murder conviction, it threw out two lesser charges of kidnapping and abduction of an infant.

McCullough’s appeal contended prosecutors relied on fallible recollections of their star witness, a friend playing with Ridulph the night she disappeared.

At trial, Kathy Chapman, in her 60s, picked out McCullough from an old photograph, saying he was the then-teenager who gave her friend a piggyback ride in Sycamore before she vanished.

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


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