An Illinois appeals court is considering an appeal filed by Jack McCullough, who was convicted of murder and kidnapping in 2012. He's serving a life sentence in the 1957 slaying of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph.
A key witness in the case was Ridulph's childhood friend. Now in her 60s, Kathy Chapman identified McCullough as the then-teenager who gave Ridulph a piggyback ride in Sycamore before she vanished.
The 72-page appeal by McCullough's lawyers calls it a "romantic notion" that Chapman's memories of her friend's disappearance were so indelibly seared into her mind that she could identify McCullough five decades later.