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Prosecution rests in 55 year old murder

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:48:03 CDT
By: AP


Prosecutors in northern Illinois have rested their case at the trial of a Seattle man accused of killing a 7-year-old girl in 1957.   The move came Thursday shortly after prosecutors called an inmate to the stand who contends 72-year-old Jack McCullough last year admitted killing Maria Ridulph. But Kirk Swaggerty also told the court McCullough said he killed the girl accidentally.   Swaggerty testified McCullough told him that he was giving the girl a piggyback ride and that she started screaming at some point. The inmate contends McCullough told him he accidentally smothered the girl when he tried to quiet her. Ridulph disappeared in December 1957, and her remains were found the following April. McCullough was arrested in 2011 after his former girlfriend talked to investigators. He's pleaded not guilty.

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