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On Sept. 14, 2012, Jack McCullough was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.

McCullough found guilty on all counts at trial

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

UPDATE, 12:14 p.m.: According to the Daily Chronicle, Tessier family members and Kathy Chapman have said justice has been served, and defense attorney Tom McCulloch says Jack McCullough has brought up the appeal process. ---- Jack McCullough, 72, the...

McCullough found not guilty in rape trial

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2012

Tears flowed once again at the DeKalb County Courthouse Courtroom 204, 133 W. State St. in Sycamore, as Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert found Jack Daniel McCullough not guilty of all charges. McCullough, 72, was charged with one count of rape, a Class X...

Judge to render verdict in McCullough trial

By Northern Star Staff | April 11, 2012

A verdict for Jack Daniel McCullough’s rape trial is expected Thursday, after the prosecution and defense rested their cases Wednesday. Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert said she planned to have McCullough’s verdict ready by Thursday morning, according...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

Four witnesses called in first day of McCullough trial

By Dave Gong | April 10, 2012

Wiping a tear from her eye, Jeanne Tessier, 64, of Cadiz, Ky., recounted the events of a sunny spring afternoon in 1962, 50 years ago. “It was a warm day and I was sitting on the front steps of my family home,” Tessier said. This was the first scene...

McCullough requests bench trial

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 9, 2012

The man charged with raping a teenager in the 1960s chose to have a bench trial instead of a jury trial at a hearing Monday. Jack D. McCullough, 72, of Seattle, is charged with one count of rape and four counts of indecent liberties with a child. McCullough...

McCullough hearing rescheduled

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 25, 2012

The motion call status hearing for Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, was canceled Friday and rescheduled for Monday. Court documents allege McCullough sexually abused a Sycamore girl in the early 1960s. McCullough is charged with one count of rape and four...

HOPD-This July 27 file booking photo provided by the DeKalb
County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore shows Jack Daniel
McCullough, 71, who has been charged in the 1957 murder of
7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

McCullough’s attorney argues against use of testimony from other cases

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 22, 2012

The attorney representing Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, requested at a hearing Thursday that certain testimonies from other crimes McCullough allegedly committed not be used as evidence for the 1960s rape charge. McCullough was charged on Sept. 30 with...

McCullough defense requests trial start pushed back

By Dave Gong | November 30, 2011

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...

Judge quashes subpoena for reporter’s notes in McCullough case

By Dave Gong | November 9, 2011

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert approved a motion to quash a subpoena issued to The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune at a hearing Tuesday.The subpoena was issued by the DeKalb State's Attorney's Office for reporters' notes taken during interviews with...

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

By Dave Gong | September 29, 2011

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...

Documents disclosed at hearing for 1957 Sycamore murder case

August 21, 2011

DeKALB | The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office disclosed documents related to the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph to the DeKalb County Public Defender's Office during a hearing on Aug. 17.According to court documents, the...