Porter County Sheriff’s Police will be pursuing no criminal charges
against Elliott McCowan, the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan.
Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today that, unless and
until new information emerges, the investigation into Elliott McCowan--whom
detectives suspected of having assisted his son in some capacity after the
murder of Amanda Bach--is at an end.
have always believed that a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber Airlite
revolver belonging to Elliott McCowan and reported missing by him shortly
after Bach’s body was discovered, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, may have
been the murder weapon. That revolver has never been found.
during the trial, a jailhouse friend of Dustin McCowan, Charles Wade III,
testified that McCowan told him once that his father had recovered Bach’s
missing cell phone from the place near his home where he’d hidden it in
the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 16. As Wade testified. McCowan
said that he’d grabbed Bach’s phone after getting angry about how much
time she spent texting people, and then after going for a ride with her he
realized that he still had it and needed to hide it.
a press conference the day after McCowan was convicted, PCSP Det. Com.
Jeff Biggs said that his investigators continued to be interested in any
role Elliott McCowan had played after the fact.
that investigation is now over, as LaFlower announced, barring any
McCowan was sentenced on March 28 to 60 years.
on Monday, Wade himself was sentenced following his plea to two Class B
felonies, carjacking and criminal confinement, each punishable by a term
of six to 20 years.
Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford sentenced Wade to 10 years, then added
five years for the aggravating circumstance of Wade’s criminal history,
but he also ordered the terms to be served concurrently and--in view of
Wade’s cooperation in the McCowan trial--suspended seven years of the
sentence, to be served on formal probation. Bradford also gave Wade credit
for serving 975 days while awaiting disposition.
tacks: Wade is on the hook for less than three years and could be released
in half that time.
testified at the McCowan trial that no promises or representations had
been made to him in exchange for his cooperation.