$3 million bond for man charged in 1957 killing

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- Bond has been set at $3 million for a man charged in the 1957 kidnapping and slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl.

Jack Daniel McCullough made an initial court appearance Thursday in DeKalb County Circuit Court via closed-circuit television. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports the 71-year-old Seattle resident was appointed a public defender.

McCullough was named John Tessier and lived in Sycamore when Maria Ridulph (RIHD'-uhlf) was kidnapped in December 1957. Although he matched the suspect's description, he had an alibi.

He's denied any involvement in the death of the Ridulph.

McCullough waived his right to extradition. He was returned to Illinois Wednesday, the same day authorities exhumed the body of Ridulph.

Authorities in DeKalb County say they hope scientists can now conduct a better examination of her remains.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com