McCullough stays behind bars in Sycamore cold case

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SYCAMORE, Ill. --  On Tuesday night came a new chapter in the saga of convicted killer Jack McCullough.

A judge kept McCullough behind bars even after a prosecutor said he's innocent.

McCullough is doing hard time for the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl. His capture was heralded as closure in a cold case, now being reopened.

For nearly five years, McCullough, 76, has said he did not kidnap and kill 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.  His story didn't change on Tuesday.

Over the past six months the new DeKalb State's Attorney has been going over the case and now says there is no way McCullough could have killed the girl because phone records put in downtown Rockford at the time of the murder.

McCullough was arrested in 2011 when the case was reopened and convicted in 2012. An appellate court upheld the convictions.

McCullough's step daughter was in court Tuesday.  She said the facts clearly show he is innocent she just hopes her step dad lives to see this  nightmare come to an end.