VALPARAISO | The defense attorney representing murder suspect Dustin McCowan has taken the unusual move of requesting bond.
Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa set a hearing for 2 p.m. Nov. 16 on the request from attorney Bob Harper.
"I think it's a legitimate question to bring before the judge to decide," he said.
Harper said he intends to call witnesses during the hearing.
McCowan, 19, is accused of murdering his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda Bach, yet police still are searching for the murder weapon and have been using search warrants over the past several weeks to pursue cellphone records from friends and relatives of both.
Bach was found shot to death Sept. 17 about 300 yards from McCowan's house in Union Township, a day after her car was discovered parked next to a store in Wheeler. She had been shot once in the neck.
McCowan went to visit friends Sept. 16 at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. He was brought back to Porter County and has pleaded not guilty to the murder.