The man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl is expected to face a judge Wednesay and say whether he intends to fight an order to return to Illinois to face murder charges.
Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, told the Chicago Tribune in a jailhouse interview two weeks ago that he would not fight extradition.
McCullough was scheduled to be in court in Seattle at 10:30 a.m. Chicago time.
He maintained during his interview with the Tribune that he is innocent and that at the time of the murder he was undergoing a day’s worth of tests in Chicago to join the military.
Authorities have declined to reveal what prompted them to reopen the investigation of the murder of Maria Ridulph.
One of McCullough’s former wives told the Tribune last week that Illinois authorities called her in 2010 and interviewed her several days before he was arrested in Seattle.
According to court records, the woman said she found nude images of McCullough’s daughter taped to the bottom of a desk.
Court records also show that Illinois police have investigated the case for the last two years, and that they also interviewed McCullough’s sisters. One of the sisters alleged that McCullough, who then went by the name John Tessier, sexually abused her and other girls in the neighborhood, according to the records.
McCullough joined the Air Force and later the Army. In 1972, he was stationed at the Army base in Fort Lewis, Wash., an hour south of Seattle, he said.
After being discharged, he became a police officer in Milton, Wash., but “resigned in lieu of termination” in March 1982 after he displayed several examples of questionable professional judgment, records state.
Until his arrest three weeks ago, McCullough was a night watchman at the Four Freedoms House of Seattle, a retirement complex where he lived with his wife of 16 years.
McCullough is being held in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle in lieu of $3 million bail.