Judge: Suspect taken to trauma center, court delayed

July 3, 2011 11:33:38 AM PDT
The man charged with the 1957 murder of a DeKalb County girl is set to appear in bond court Monday.

Jack Daniel McCullough was supposed to be in court Saturday, but a judge says he was taken to a trauma center instead.

The 71-year-old from Seattle was charged Friday with killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, who was abducted in December 1957 while she was playing with a friend in Sycamore.

Her body was found several months later.

Police say McCullough, who used to live in Sycamore, was a suspect early on in the investigation, but he said that he took a train from Rockford to Chicago on the day Maria was taken.

Last year, police interviewed a woman McCullough was dating at the time. A Seattle newspaper reports that she found an unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago, which seemed to dispute McCullough's alibi.

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