Ill. to try Wash. man for cold-case rape, murder

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois prosecutors say they'll try a Washington man for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl during in the 1960s before they try him for the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 71-year-old Jack McCullough will be tried on charges of rape and indecent liberties with a child for the abuse of a girl in Sycamore from 1961 to 1962.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/nb69Zl ) reports the trial is scheduled for Jan. 9.

A grand jury indicted him last month in the rape case. He was indicted this summer on murder, kidnapping and abduction charges in the death of Maria Ridulph, also of Sycamore.

In a July jailhouse interview with The Associated Press, McCullough denied killing Ridulph, and he's pleaded not guilty to her killing.

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