Judge; McCullough To Stay In Jail

Apr 1, 2016

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Two Chicago attorneys appeared Friday morning at a hearing to ask a DeKalb County Judge to release Jack McCullough from prison immediately.

McCullough was convicted in 2012 of killing a young Sycamore girl in 1957. The DeKalb County State's Attorney was ordered to review evidence in the case, and came to the conclusion that there were errors in the investigation. Attorney Gabriel Fuentes is representing McCullough in his efforts to have his conviction overturned. Fuentes told Judge William Brady that the state offered false testimony and his client is innocent and should be released. Brady responded.

"I believe in my heart of hearts that the only way the court can resolve this issues is to follow the process."

Judge Brady noted that he has only had a week to review the case and wants the McCullough attorneys to present their evidence on April 15. Fuentes continued to ask for McCullough's early release.

"Mr. McCullough has been in prison for five years and his liberty interest is a very precious and important interest that is placed above the types of concerns we believe the court has raised today."

McCullough did not appear in court Friday. He is expected to be back in court for the mid-April hearing.