McCullough defense requests trial start pushed back

By Dave Gong

The defense attorney for the man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl has requested a further court date in order to file motions before trial.

Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is charged with murder, kidnapping and the abduction of an infant in connection with an incident involving Maria Ridulph, who disappeared from near her home on Center Cross Street in Sycamore in 1957. McCullough was also charged on Sept. 30 with one count of rape and four counts of indecent liberties with a child in connection with an unrelated incident that occurred in the 1960s. The state chose to prosecute McCullough on the rape charge first.

During a hearing Tuesday, Regina Harris, DeKalb County Public Defender, requested a hearing date of Dec. 6 in order to file the motions. Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert also set a hearing date of Jan. 20 in order to make rulings on any motions filed by the defense.