- The timeline in the 1957 disappearance of Maria Ridulph was always in dispute
- Jack McCullough's attorneys ask court to free him; judge needs more time to review case
- CNN's series on the case, "Taken," raised this question: Was justice really served?
(CNN)An Illinois judge declined on Friday to free the man convicted of murder in one of the nation's oldest cold cases, even though the prosecution and defense agree Jack Daniel McCullough is "demonstrably innocent."
Maria Ridulph's murder went unsolved for half a century. Then bulldog detectives pursued a tip, and a man was brought to trial and convicted in the 1957 murder of the 7-year-old in Sycamore, Illinois. Now that man may walk free. Read Ann O'Neill's riveting, five-part exploration of the case, "Taken," published in 2013.