- Jack McCullough talked to CNN hours after he was freed from prison
- His murder conviction in the 1957 killing of Maria Ridulph was tossed out Friday
- Prosecutor reviewed case, concluded McCullough is innocent
Sycamore, Illinois (CNN)The first thing Jack McCullough did as a free man was order a slice of pizza. For years, he'd practically drool every time a pizza commercial came on the tiny television in his cell at Illinois' Pontiac Correctional Center, where he was serving a life term for a 1957 cold case murder he's always insisted he didn't commit.
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.