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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
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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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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Murder trial ending Tuesday

Murder trial ending Tuesday

VALPARAISO | After three weeks of evidence and testimony, the jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday on the fate of Dustin McCowan -- accused of murdering his former girlfriend Amanda Bach.

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Dustin McCowan opts against telling his side of the story

Dustin McCowan opts against telling his side of the story

VALPARAISO | The evidence portion of the Dustin McCowan murder trial wrapped up Thursday afternoon with the accused opting against taking the witness stand to tell his side of the story.

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Inmate tells jurors McCowan admitted to shooting a girl

Inmate tells jurors McCowan admitted to shooting a girl

VALPARAISO | One of the first witnesses called on behalf of Dustin McCowan told jurors Wednesday that McCowan had sent her a text on the night his former girlfriend Amanda Bach is believed to have been killed saying he was not home.

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Cops: Cellphone shows McCowan did not stay home on morning of killing

Cops: Cellphone shows McCowan did not stay home on morning of killing

VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan claims he was home during the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2011 -- when it is believed his former girlfriend Amanda Bach was killed.

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Defense expert says Bach's body dumped a day later than prosecutors claim

Defense expert says Bach's body dumped a day later than prosecutors claim

VALPARAISO | A forensic insect specialist countered one of his former instructors Friday when he testified on behalf of the defense that Amanda Bach's body was most likely dumped Sept. 17, 2011, a day later than prosecutors are alleging.

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McCowan gun discovered missing day Bach's body recovered

McCowan gun discovered missing day Bach's body recovered

VALPARAISO | The father of Dustin McCowan told jurors Thursday morning he discovered a .38-caliber, five-shot revolver missing from his then-Union Township home on the day his son's former girlfriend was found shot to death fewer than 300 yards from the house.

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Expert said Bach's body likely dumped day before it was discovered

Expert said Bach's body likely dumped day before it was discovered

VALPARAISO | A forensic insect specialist testified Wednesday morning that homicide victim Amanda Bach's body likely had been dumped the day before it was discovered Sept. 17, 2011, along railroad tracks in rural Union Township.

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Friend tells jurors McCowan acted odd after Bach disappeared

Friend tells jurors McCowan acted odd after Bach disappeared

VALPARAISO | A woman with Dustin McCowan on the morning of Sept. 16, 2011, told jurors Tuesday she thought it odd one of McCowan's first comments was he and former girlfriend Amanda Bach had not fought the night before considering the turbulent nature of their relationship.

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Police: McCowan shirt like one found with homicide victim's DNA

Police: McCowan shirt like one found with homicide victim's DNA

VALPARAISO | The orange long-sleeve T-shirt containing the DNA of murder victim Amanda Bach is like one found among the jail belongings of the person charged with the killing – Dustin McCowan.

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Cop: T-shirt with Bach's blood found near McCowan's home

Cop: T-shirt with Bach's blood found near McCowan's home

VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff's Department Patrolman Darrell Hobgood held up a bright orange long-sleeved T-shirt for the jury to see Friday afternoon.

February 08, 2013 5:30 pm Related
Witness 100 percent sure he saw McCowan near site where Bach's body was found

Witness 100 percent sure he saw McCowan near site where Bach's body was found

VALPARAISO | A Union Township man told jurors Thursday morning he is 100 percent sure he saw Dustin McCowan walking south along County Road 650 West about 2:25 a.m. Sept. 16, 2011, the morning McCowan is accused of murdering former girlfriend Amanda Bach.

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Defense in McCowan murder trial point finger at someone else

Defense in McCowan murder trial point finger at someone else

VALPARAISO | A Wheeler man who led police to the missing body of Amanda Bach vehemently denied repeated suggestions by defense attorneys on Wednesday that he, and not Dustin McCowan, is responsible for her death.

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Prosecutor: McCowan's neighbor heard gunshots on night of murder

Prosecutor: McCowan's neighbor heard gunshots on night of murder

VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan covered his face with his hand, looked down and later wiped his eyes with a tissue while prosecutors showed autopsy photos of his former girlfriend and homicide victim 19-year-old Amanda Bach.

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Judge nixes request to move murder trial

Judge nixes request to move murder trial

VALPARAISO | A defense attorney made a last-minute attempt Monday to move the murder trial of Dustin McCowan out of Porter County or at least choose jurors from elsewhere.

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Judge: Autopsy photos can be shown during McCowan murder trial

Judge: Autopsy photos can be shown during McCowan murder trial

VALPARAISO | A judge denied a request by the defense Wednesday to bar autopsy photos during next month's Dustin McCowan murder trial.

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Judge tosses dog evidence in Union Twp. murder trial

Judge tosses dog evidence in Union Twp. murder trial

VALPARAISO | A judge has ruled bloodhound evidence will not be introduced during the February murder trial involving Union Township resident Dustin McCowan.

December 13, 2012 7:19 pm
Change of venue denied; McCowan trial date set

Change of venue denied; McCowan trial date set

VALPARAISO | After denying a motion for a change of venue Thursday, Porter County Superior Court Judge William Alexa set a trial date of Feb. 4 for Dustin McCowan in the murder of Amanda Bach.

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Bach murder trial delayed

Bach murder trial delayed

VALPARAISO | A 19-year-old Union Township man accused of killing his former girlfriend last year will not face a jury in August as was expected.

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Judge: No delay in Aug. 13 McCowan murder trial

Judge: No delay in Aug. 13 McCowan murder trial

VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa called a special hearing Friday to make it clear he would like to see the Dustin McCowan murder trial begin as scheduled on Aug. 13.

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Despite $10,000 reward offer, police confident in McCowan's arrest

Despite $10,000 reward offer, police confident in McCowan's arrest

VALPARAISO | While a reward may be on the table for information leading to the person responsible for Amanda Bach's death, police remain firm in believing that person already is in custody.

February 16, 2012 3:35 pm Photos

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McCowan supporter offers reward for suspect in Bach homicide

McCowan supporter offers reward for suspect in Bach homicide

UNION TOWNSHIP | Family and friends of Dustin McCowan believe it was not the 19-year-old who killed his former girlfriend Amanda Bach, but someone else, possibly a multistate serial killer.

February 15, 2012 9:00 pm Photos

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Bond denied to 19-year-old in Bach slaying

Bond denied to 19-year-old in Bach slaying

VALPARAISO | On the night 19-year-old Amanda Bach was slain, former boyfriend Dustin McCowan spent nearly three hours text messaging a neighbor claiming to be wrapping up chores at his Union Township home before coming over to visit.

November 16, 2011 5:45 pm Photos

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Bond sought in Bach murder case

Bond sought in Bach murder case

VALPARAISO | The defense attorney representing murder suspect Dustin McCowan has taken the unusual move of requesting bond.

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More cellphone search warrants in Bach case

VALPARAISO | Another wave of cellphone record search warrants has been issued in the Amanda Bach murder case.

October 18, 2011 7:00 pm

More cellphone search warrants in Bach case

VALPARAISO | Two more search warrants were issued for cellphone records of people believed to have been in contact with Amanda Bach and her ex-boyfriend in the hours before Bach's slaying.

October 13, 2011 9:45 pm

Subpoena issued for cellphone records in Bach case

VALPARAISO | A subpoena has been issued for records from cellphones belonging to 19-year-old Amanda Bach and the father of her accused killer, Dustin McCowan.

October 13, 2011 11:00 am

Portage Board of Works approves fundraisers

PORTAGE | The Board of Works on Monday approved several community events and fundraisers:

October 10, 2011 7:30 pm

High-profile investigations taking toll on Porter County Sheriff's Department

VALPARAISO | Investigations into high-profile crimes such as the slaying of Portage resident Amanda Bach are taking a financial toll on the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

October 09, 2011 8:25 pm
Parade honors memory of Amanda Bach

Parade honors memory of Amanda Bach

PORTAGE | Through the early darkness Tuesday night, a stream of light walked up Willowcreek Road. More than 100 friends, acquaintances and even strangers came to honor Amanda Bach, the Portage 19-year-old who was shot and killed Sept. 16 in Union Township.

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Investigators analyzing iPod Touch, phone of McCowan

VALPARAISO | A search warrant is looking into a cellphone and iPod Touch 18-year-old Dustin McCowan had when he was arrested for the alleged murder of Amanda Bach, 19, of Portage.

September 27, 2011 4:00 pm
Schoolmate plans walk to remember Bach

Schoolmate plans walk to remember Bach

PORTAGE | Carolyn Rodriguez remembers Amanda Bach as someone who loved parades.

September 26, 2011 5:00 pm
Family, friends remember Amanda Bach at funeral

Family, friends remember Amanda Bach at funeral

PORTAGE | Family, friends and hundreds of community members touched by 19-year-old Amanda Bach's life filled the pews of Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church on Friday morning for a funeral Mass.

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Police continue search for evidence in Union Township homicide

Police continue search for evidence in Union Township homicide

UNION TOWNSHIP | Porter County police on Thursday continued searching for evidence in the case of a Portage woman's slaying.

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Attorney: McCowan asserting innocence in Bach murder

Attorney: McCowan asserting innocence in Bach murder

UNION TOWNSHIP | As divers searched a pond north of Wheeler High School for possible evidence in the homicide of Amanda Bach, the man accused of killing the 19-year-old is denying any involvement in her death.

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Hearing held, details released in Bach death investigation

Hearing held, details released in Bach death investigation

VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan will spend at least the next five months in Porter County Jail, awaiting trial in the murder of 19-year-old Amanda Bach.

September 20, 2011 12:45 pm Photos

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Coroner: Gunshot wound to the neck cause of Bach's death

Coroner: Gunshot wound to the neck cause of Bach's death

VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old Union Township man has been charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old Amanda Bach.

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