Former cop says he didn't kill girl in '57

July 8, 2011 - 1:44 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — A former police officer arrested in the 1957 murder of an Illinois girl says he has an "iron-clad alibi" and had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.

Jack Daniel McCullough told The Associated Press in a jailhouse interview Thursday night that he wants justice to be done for 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. He says that he had traveled to Chicago for military medical exams that day — as he has always maintained.

The 71-year-old was arrested in Seattle last week after investigators said new evidence undermined that alibi. A police affidavit says his high school girlfriend recently discovered his train ticket to Chicago, but it was unused.

McCullough tells the AP there's a good reason it was unused — he never used it. He says his stepfather gave him a ride, and that archived military records from that day should exonerate him.