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Originally published August 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM | Page modified August 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Arraignment date set in 1957 murder

The 71-year-old man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of young Illinois girl could enter a plea soon.

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SYCAMORE, Ill. —

The 71-year-old man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of young Illinois girl could enter a plea soon.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/qtWQV4) that a judge on Monday set a Sept. 8 arraignment date for Jack McCullough.

A grand jury this summer indicted McCullough on felony murder, kidnapping and abduction charges in the death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph (RIHD'-uhlf) of Sycamore.

Arraignments are typically where charges are formally read and suspects enter pleas.

McCullough has denied any wrongdoing, insisting in interviews that he has a solid alibi.

He was arrested in Seattle and brought to Illinois in July to face charges in one of the oldest cold-case murders in the nation to be reopened. He's being held on $3 million bail.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com

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