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Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

INDIANAPOLIS | Dustin McCowan, the Porter County man serving a 60-year prison term for the 2011 murder of his former girlfriend, Amanda Bach, could win a new trial if the Indiana Supreme Court finds the jury instructions concerning his presumption of innocence were inadequate.

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Indiana Supreme Court to hear McCowan appeal in Bach slaying

Indiana Supreme Court to hear McCowan appeal in Bach slaying

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Dustin McCowan, the Porter County man serving a 60-year prison term for the Sept. 16, 2011, murder of his former girlfriend, Amanda Bach, of Portage.

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Legacy of Amanda Bach lives in work of Amanda Forum

Legacy of Amanda Bach lives in work of Amanda Forum

VALPARAISO | The tragic death of their daughter Amanda will always be a nightmare for the Bach family. But there is bittersweet comfort in knowing that her legacy will live in the hearts and minds of those who cared and continue to care for her.

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Appellate court upholds McCowan murder conviction

Appellate court upholds McCowan murder conviction

VALPARAISO | The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and 60-year prison sentence of Dustin McCowan in the 2011 shooting death of his former girlfriend Amanda Bach.

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Insurance company seeks immunity from McCowan murder suit

Insurance company seeks immunity from McCowan murder suit

HAMMOND | American Family Mutual Insurance Co. has filed a federal lawsuit arguing it should not be held liable as part of a civil legal battle stemming from the 2011 murder of Portage resident Amanda Bach.

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Suit targets convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, his father

Suit targets convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, his father

VALPARAISO | The parents of murder victim Amanda Bach have filed a civil lawsuit against the young man responsible for her death and his father.

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McCowan seeking to toss out conviction/sentence

McCowan seeking to toss out conviction/sentence

VALPARAISO | A public defender brought in to handle the appeal for convicted murderer Dustin McCowan is seeking to toss out the conviction and/or 60-year sentence because Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa did not step aside after learning about a telephone call with McCowan from the jai…

April 19, 2013 8:00 pm
McCowan transferred to begin serving 60-year term for murder

McCowan transferred to begin serving 60-year term for murder

VALPARAISO | Less than three weeks after being sentenced to 60 years for murdering his former girlfriend, Dustin McCowan has been transferred to the Pendleton Correctional Facility to begin serving his time.

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No charges will be filed against Elliott McCowan in Bach murder

No charges will be filed against Elliott McCowan in Bach murder

VALPARAISO | No charges will be filed against Elliott McCowan, the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, in the death of Amanda Bach.

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Day of beauty fund-raiser honors Bach, raises awareness

Day of beauty fund-raiser honors Bach, raises awareness

VALPARAISO | Anna McDonald hopes a day of beauty will not only honor the memory of Amanda Bach but also will bring awareness to dating violence and relationship abuse.

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Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan smiled with jail guards as he was escorted out of the courtroom Thursday afternoon after being sentenced to a near-maximum of 60 years in prison for the Sept. 16, 2011 murder of his former girlfriend Amanda Bach of Portage.

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McCowan murder sentencing Thursday

McCowan murder sentencing Thursday

VALPARAISO | Thirty days after Dustin McCowan was whisked out of the courtroom after being found guilty of murdering former girlfriend Amanda Bach, he will make a return visit Thursday afternoon to face sentencing.

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Mom: No winners in McCowan murder conviction

VALPARAISO | Just hours after a jury found Dustin McCowan guilty of murdering her 19-year-old daughter, Sandy Bach told reporters Wednesday morning there are no winners in the case.

February 28, 2013 12:00 am
Bach family, Porter Co. officials news conference

Bach family, Porter Co. officials news conference

Porter County law enforcement officials and Amanda Bach's family spoke with the media following Tuesday's conviction of Dustin McCowan in Bach's murder.

February 27, 2013 2:59 pm
Police believe McCowan's father may have helped in cover-up

Police believe McCowan's father may have helped in cover-up

VALPARAISO | Porter County police confirmed Wednesday morning they are looking into the possibility that the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan — Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan — aided his son in attempting to cover up the crime.

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Reactions to guilty verdict in McCowan trial

Reactions to guilty verdict in McCowan trial

Attorneys and the family of Amanda Bach responded to the guilty verdict handed down to Dustin McCowan in the her murder.

February 27, 2013 12:58 am
McCowan guilty of murder in death of Amanda Bach

McCowan guilty of murder in death of Amanda Bach

VALPARAISO | A Porter County jury took six and half hours to find Dustin McCowan guilty of murder late Tuesday night in the Sept. 16, 2011, slaying of his former girlfriend Amanda Bach.

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Sandra and Bill Bach, parents of Amanda Bach

Sandra and Bill Bach, parents of Amanda Bach

Sandra and Bill Bach, parents of Amanda Bach, speak with The Times on Tuesday prior to the closing arguments in the trial of Dustin McCowan.

February 26, 2013 3:14 pm
Supporters of Amanda Bach gather at courthouse

Supporters of Amanda Bach gather at courthouse

With the verdict in the Dustin McCowan murder trial expected soon, supporters of Amanda Bach and her family gathered at the Porter County Courthouse.

February 26, 2013 11:44 am
Supporters gather outside courthouse before closing arguments in McCowan trial

Supporters gather outside courthouse before closing arguments in McCowan trial

Friends of Amanda Bach stand outside the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso on Tuesday in support of her and her family during closing arguments in the trial of Dustin McCowan.

February 26, 2013 9:51 am
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