Man Convicted in 1957 Murder Wants Verdict Tossed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- A defense attorney for a man convicted in the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has filed a motion asking for the conviction to be overturned and for a new trial.

A judge convicted 72-year-old Jack McCullough last month in Maria Ridulph's death. Her murder after she was snatched off a Sycamore street haunted the small farming community and attracted national attention.

Public Defender Tom McCulloch tells The Daily Chronicle that one reason he's filed the motion was inappropriate reliance on hearsay testimony during trial.

That hearsay included statements from relatives of McCullough's mother who described how she allegedly said on her deathbed that she was convinced her son killed the girl.

McCullough is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30. The lawyer says he filed the motion Friday.

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