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State's top court to hear McCowan appeal of murder conviction in Amanda Bach case

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a northern Indiana man’s appeal of his conviction in his ex-girlfriend’s fatal shooting.

Twenty-one-year-old Dustin McCowan is serving a 60-year sentence for the September 2011 murder of 19-year-old Amanda Bach of Portage.

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld McCowan’s conviction and sentence in April, but the state’s high court announced Monday it would hear his appeal.

The Times of Munster reports McCowan’s appeal will likely focus on the admissibility of cellphone records purportedly showing McCowan at sites near where Bach’s car and body were found.

He’s also expected to challenge a Porter County judge’s alleged bias in the case and refusal to provide jurors with McCowan’s preferred instruction on a criminal defendant’s presumption of innocence.


Posted 8/12/2014




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