- Jack McCullough has long argued that police buried his alibi
- Now a judge has ordered him released from prison and granted a new trial
- "I am in here for murder," he told CNN in 2013. "A murder I would not, could not have done."
Sycamore, Illinois (CNN)The man convicted in the oldest cold case ever brought to court broke into a wide grin as a judge ordered him released from prison Friday and granted him a new trial.
Maria Ridulph's murder went unsolved for half a century. Then 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 is free. Ann O'Neill's 2013 series on the case, "Taken," raised questions about whether the trial was unfairly one-sided.