Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder released

Chicago—A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of an Illinois schoolgirl was released shortly after a judge vacated his conviction, meaning one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again.
Jack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore, about 70 miles west of Chicago. In a review of documents last year, a prosecutor found evidence that supported the former policeman’s long-held alibi that he had been 40 miles away in Rockford at the time of Maria’s disappearance.
Judge William P. Brady said late Friday that Maria’s abduction and slaying had haunted the small town of Sycamore for decades, and that he had also lost sleep over the case.—Agencies

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