- Jack McCullough has long argued police buried his alibi in 1957 killing of girl
- A judge dismisses all charges against him, although he could face a retrial some day
- Prosecutor who decided McCullough was innocent indicates he won't refile charges
Sycamore, Illinois (CNN)Charges have been dismissed against the man who spent nearly five years behind bars for the 1957 murder of a little girl in what had been touted as the nation's oldest cold case ever tried.
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.
"Is whoever brings the most petitions how I decide the case?" Brady asked.