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September trial set in 1957 murder

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Associated Press

The trial of a Seattle man accused in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl will begin in September.

Jack McCullough is charged with kidnapping and killing Maria Ridulph as she played outside her home.

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.

McCullough lived near the victim at the time she was killed. He has pleaded not guilty.

At a status hearing Thursday, a judge set a Sept. 10 trial date.

The (Dekalb) Daily Chronicle reported that McCullough appeared via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County jail. Another status hearing was set for July 11.

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