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Investigation of Elliott McCowan ends with no criminal charges

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police will be pursuing no criminal charges against Elliott McCowan, the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan.

PCSP 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.

Detectives 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.

Then, 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.

At 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.

But that investigation is now over, as LaFlower announced, barring any unforeseen development.

Dustin McCowan was sentenced on March 28 to 60 years.

Wade Sentenced

Meanwhile, 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.

Porter 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.

Brass tacks: Wade is on the hook for less than three years and could be released in half that time.

Wade testified at the McCowan trial that no promises or representations had been made to him in exchange for his cooperation.

 

 

 

Posted 4/5/2013