Motion filed to quash subpoenas for reporters’ notes from McCullough interviews

By Dave Gong

The man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl appeared in court Thursday morning for a motion hearing.

Victor Escarcida, DeKalb County assistant state’s attorney, said Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert heard arguments relating to a motion filed to quash subpoenas issued to the Chicago Tribune and Associated Press.

According to court documents, the prosecution subpoenaed reporters’ notes of interviews with Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, conducted while he was in custody in Seattle.

A grand jury indicted McCullough on Aug. 19 for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, who disappeared on Dec. 3 near the corner of Center Cross Street and Archie Place in Sycamore, 1957.

Escarcida said Stuckert will make a ruling on the motion at a hearing on Nov. 8.