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3 attorneys to represent McCullough in post-conviction cases

Danielle Guerra- dguerra@shawmedia.com
DeKalb County Associate Judge William Brady listens to Charles Ridulph, Maria Ridulph's brother, up at his bench during Jack McCullough's petition for post-conviction relief on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Illinois. DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack last week said it wasn't possible for McCullough to have abducted and murdered 7-year-old Maria Ridulph on Dec. 3, 1957.
Danielle Guerra- dguerra@shawmedia.com DeKalb County Associate Judge William Brady listens to Charles Ridulph, Maria Ridulph's brother, up at his bench during Jack McCullough's petition for post-conviction relief on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Illinois. DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack last week said it wasn't possible for McCullough to have abducted and murdered 7-year-old Maria Ridulph on Dec. 3, 1957.

SYCAMORE – Three attorneys will represent Jack McCullough as he attempts to have a judge vacate his murder conviction and release him from his life sentence in prison.

On Wednesday, DeKalb County Judge William Brady appointed conflict attorney Bob Nolan to represent McCullough for the remainder of his post-conviction proceedings.

Private attorneys Gabriel Fuentes and Shaun Van Horn also filed notices of appearance Wednesday to represent McCullough as trial counsel, court records show.

Fuentes and Van Horn met with DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack Wednesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.

Both attorneys declined to comment on their involvement in the case and or their reason for meeting with Schmack, who recently filed documents claiming that McCullough, 76, was wrongfully convicted in 2012 of the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph.

McCullough, 76, will next go before Brady April 15 to set a timeline for the conclusion of his petition for post-conviction relief. The judge cannot make any rulings, however, until McCullough has had a chance to talk to a lawyer.

To be released from the Pontiac Correctional Center, McCullough must file a motion to vacate his conviction, Schmack said.

No such request has been filed yet.

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