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The McCowan Murder Trial

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.

February 19, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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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

Joseph Elliott McCowan greets friends and supporters outside the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso following the sentencing of his son, Dustin McCowan.

February 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Dustin McCowan

Dustin McCowan

Dustin McCowan leaves the Porter County Courthouse on March 28 following his sentencing in the September 2011 murder of Amanda Bach. Judge William Alexa sentenced McCowan to 60 years in prison.

February 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Taxpayers pick up $13,519 tab in McCowan murder appeal

Taxpayers pick up $13,519 tab in McCowan murder appeal

VALPARAISO | A private attorney was hired to file an appeal on behalf of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, but not before taxpayers picked up the $13,519 bill for the lengthy court transcripts used in the challenge.

December 07, 2013 5:00 pm
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.

August 06, 2013 12:40 pm Photos

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McCowan fails in first bid to overturn murder conviction

McCowan fails in first bid to overturn murder conviction

VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan has failed in his first shot at overturning his 60-year sentence and conviction for murdering former girlfriend Amanda Bach.

May 03, 2013 4:35 pm Photos

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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.

April 16, 2013 1:00 pm Photos

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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.

April 05, 2013 9:35 am Photos

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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.

March 28, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Joseph Elliott McCowan

Joseph Elliott McCowan

Joseph Elliott McCowan greets friends and supporters March 28 outside the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso following the sentencing of his son Dustin McCowan.

March 28, 2013 5:04 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Elliott McCowan greets friends and supporters Thursday afternoon outside the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso following the sentencing of his son, Dustin McCowan, to 60 years in prison for the September 2011 murder of Amanda Bach.

March 28, 2013 4:59 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Sonya Cespedes, of Park Ridge, Ill., holds a photograph of her niece, Amanda Bach, Thursday as she leaves the Porter County Courthouse with Amanda's parents, Bill and Sandy Bach. Dustin McCowan was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in prison for the September 2011 murder of Amanda Bach.

March 28, 2013 4:53 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Nancy Steele, of Portage, a friend and neighbor of the Bach family holds up 6 fingers while chanting, "60" as she leaves the Porter County Courthouse Thursday afternoon following Judge William Alexa's sentence of 60 years in prison for Dustin McCowan for the September 2011 murder of Amanda B…

March 28, 2013 4:42 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Nancy Steele, of Portage, a friend and neighbor of the Bach family, holds thumbs up as she leaves the Porter County Courthouse Thursday afternoon following Judge William Alexa's sentence of 60 years in prison for Dustin McCowan in the September 2011 murder of Amanda Bach. With Steele is her …

March 28, 2013 4:42 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan is led from the Porter County Courthouse Thursday afternoon after being sentenced to 60 years for the murder of Amanda Bach in September 2011.

March 28, 2013 4:31 pm
Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan sentenced to 60 years in murder of Amanda Bach

Dustin McCowan is led out of the Porter County Courthouse Thursday afternoon following his sentencing. Judge William Alexa sentenced McCowan to 60 years in prison for the September 2011 murder of Amanda Bach.

March 28, 2013 4:26 pm
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.

March 27, 2013 5:15 pm Photos

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McCowan's lawyer to sit in interview

McCowan's lawyer to sit in interview

VALPARAISO | Attorneys for convicted murderer Dustin McCowan have taken the unusual step of securing the right to attend a court-ordered interview with McCowan to be used when he is sentenced March 28.

March 09, 2013 11:35 pm Photos

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