Testimony over in McCullough trial
Judge adjourns court; closing arguments set for Friday
SYCAMORE – Testimony concluded Thursday in the kidnapping and murder trial of Jack McCullough.
Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock adjourned the court for the day and told both sides to return at 9 a.m. Friday to present closing arguments.
McCullough is accused of kidnapping 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore on Dec. 3, 1957. Her body was found months later in rural Jo Daviess County.
The defense case was brief, as McCullough did not take the stand in his defense. There were only three witnesses, including one of McCullough's half-sisters, Mary Hunt, who was very short with the defense when questioned.
Before the state rested its case this morning, another prisoner testified during Jack McCullough's murder trial, offering details he said McCullough shared with him in jail regarding the death of a Sycamore girl in 1957.
Kirk Swaggerty is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted in August 2011 of first-degree murder, home invasion and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. A jury found Swaggerty guilty of orchestrating a Genoa home invasion in February 2005 that left a man dead.
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