murder case

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Twenty minutes was all it took for a Peoria County Judge to vacate a man’s 47-year-old murder conviction.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Echoes of 1970 replayed in a Peoria County courtroom Wed.

Heidelberg Hearing Takes a Turn

Sep 22, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A startling turn of events stirred an emotional scene in what was expected to be a pretty mundane hearing in Peoria County Court Thurs. Peoria Public Radio’s Cass Herrington reports on 73-year-old Cleve Heidelberg’s efforts to be exonerated after nearly half a century in prison.

Fifty years after a 21-year-old woman was killed in her home in a suburb north of Chicago, police are fighting the release of documents in the case, arguing the investigation remains active.  A Cook County judge ordered Kenilworth officials to hand over some of the paperwork so she can determine whether the large case file should be allowed to remain confidential.

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois prosecutor wants a judge to have a special prosecutor investigate possible misconduct involving a murder case in the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old girl.

DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said in a Monday court filing that the special prosecutor should look into whether a Seattle police detective committed perjury in the prosecution of Jack McCullough for Maria Ridulph's killing. 

McCullough was convicted of the crime in 2012 but released earlier this year after Schmack said a review found flaws in the case and determined McCullough's alibi was solid.