- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on a retired Washington state police officer who an Illinois prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 slaying (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

A judge made no immediate decision on a request to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of a 76-year-old man who a state’s attorney says was wrongly convicted in a 1957 killing.

DeKalb County Circuit Court Associate Judge William Brady dismissed the case against Jack McCullough Friday, averting a retrial for now. But the judge put off making a separate decision about a special prosecutor until June.

McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the killing of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore. But the successor to the state’s attorney who prosecuted the case says a review found flaws in the investigation and determined McCullough’s alibi was solid.

McCullough was released April 15.

Maria’s brother, Charles Ridulph, wants an outside prosecutor to review the case.

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10 a.m.

A judge has dismissed the case against a 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl.

DeKalb County Circuit Court Associate Judge William Brady accepted a motion Friday to dismiss the case and avert a retrial.

Jack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the killing of Maria Ridulph in Sycamore. But the successor to the state’s attorney who prosecuted the case says a review found flaws in the investigation and prosecution. He determined McCullough’s alibi was solid.

Brady vacated the conviction and ordered McCullough to be released April 15.

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6:15 a.m.

A judge will consider a motion to permanently dismiss the case against a 76-year-old man who prosecutors say was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl.

A DeKalb County Circuit judge could also weigh a request by the victim’s brother to have a special prosecutor appointed to the case at the hearing Friday.

Jack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the killing of Maria Ridulph in Sycamore. But the successor to the state’s attorney who prosecuted the case says a review found flaws in the investigation and prosecution. He determined McCullough’s alibi was solid.

A judge vacated the conviction and McCullough was released April 15.

State’s Attorney Richard Schmack filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to dismiss the case with prejudice.

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This story has been corrected to show that McCullough is 76 years old, not 73.


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