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Public defender in 1957 murder case resigns

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The public defender whose defendants include a Seattle man accused in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl has resigned.

The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb reported Friday that DeKalb County Public Defender Regina Harris has resigned to pursue a private practice.

Harris had the case of Jack McCullough, who is charged with kidnapping and killing Maria Ridulph as she played outside her home. He is to go to trial in September.

The 72-year-old was arrested last year in one of the oldest slaying cases in the nation to be reopened. Authorities received new information, and the girl's remains were re-examined.

Judge Robbin Stuckert appointed attorney Robert Carlson as acting public defender.

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