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…
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.
VALPARAISO | No charges will be filed against Elliott McCowan, the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, in the death of Amanda Bach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | A judge denied a request by the defense Wednesday to bar autopsy photos during next month's Dustin McCowan murder trial.
VALPARAISO | A judge has ruled bloodhound evidence will not be introduced during the February murder trial involving Union Township resident Dustin McCowan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The defense attorney representing murder suspect Dustin McCowan has taken the unusual move of requesting bond.
VALPARAISO | Another wave of cellphone record search warrants has been issued in the Amanda Bach murder 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.
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.
PORTAGE | The Board of Works on Monday approved several community events and fundraisers:
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.
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.
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.
PORTAGE | Carolyn Rodriguez remembers Amanda Bach as someone who loved parades.
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.
UNION TOWNSHIP | Porter County police on Thursday continued searching for evidence in the case of a Portage woman's slaying.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old Union Township man has been charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old Amanda Bach.
There was nothing normal about Monday at either Portage or Wheeler high schools.
VALPARAISO | Police say the 18-year-old whom Amanda Bach was headed to visit when she went missing Thursday night is responsible for her death.
WHEELER | The body of a missing 19-year-old Portage woman was found Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Porter County authorities and the family of a missing 19-year-old Portage girl are asking anyone who may have seen her early Friday morning to notify police.
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