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Originally published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:26 AM

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Trial starting for man accused of 50-year-old rape

The trial of a Seattle man suspected in the sexual assault of an Illinois teenager 50 years ago is set to get under way.

The Associated Press

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SYCAMORE, Ill. —

The trial of a Seattle man suspected in the sexual assault of an Illinois teenager 50 years ago is set to get under way.

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in the case involving Jack McCullough, who is charged with rape and indecent liberties with a child in the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old Sycamore, Ill., girl in the early 1960s.

Jury selection was supposed to begin Monday but McCullough decided he wanted a judge to decide the case instead.

Both sides say there's no physical evidence in the decades-old alleged rape. Prosecutors say the accuser is expected to testify.

The 72-year-old McCullough also faces kidnapping and murder charges in the 1957 death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph (RIHD'-uhlf), also of Sycamore. Those charges aren't part of the current trial.

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