Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old freed

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SYCAMORE, Ill. -- After spending nearly five years in prison for murder, Jack McClough is now a free man.

76-year-old McClough was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore in 1957.

The judge tossed out his murder conviction after Richard Schmack, the new DeKalb County State's Attorney, reviewed his case and concluded there was overwhelming evidence McClough was in Rockford at the time of the kidnapping and therefore was not guilty of murder.

McClough was arrested in 2011 and convicted a year late.  Maria Ridulph was kidnapped from a Sycamore street corner in 1957.  Her body was found months later. He always maintained his innocence.
McClough’s step-daughter flew in from Seattle for the hearing. She blames the prosecutor that convicted her stepfather, Clay Campbell.

Maria’s brother Charles has been fighting for a special prosecutor to take over the case and believes Schmack can not be fair.

The judge would not rule on that today but will take up the question next week.  The current prosecutor says he’ll file paper work next week to clear McClough once and for all of this crime.