Jack McCullough is charged with kidnapping and killing Maria Ridulph as she played outside her home in the small northern Illinois town of Sycamore.
The 72-year-old was arrested last year in one of the oldest slaying cases in the nation to be reopened. Authorities received new information, and the girl's remains were re-examined.
McCullough lived near the victim at the time she was killed. He has pleaded not guilty.
At a status hearing Thursday, a judge set a Sept. 10 trial date.
The (Dekalb) Daily Chronicle reported that McCullough appeared via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County jail. Another status hearing was set for July 11.
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