Indiana High Court to Hear Convicted Murderer's Appeal

Dustin McCowan is serving 60 years in prison for the shooting death of Amanda Bach

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    Dustin McCowan (inset) is serving time in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Bach.

    Indiana Supreme Court justices on Monday 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, who was slain during a dispute.

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    A Porter County, Ind., jury took a little more than six hours to convict 20-year-old Dustin McCowan in the September 2011 death of his ex-girlfriend. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

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

    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, the Times of New Munster reported.

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    Despite the conviction and sentencing, investigators say their work in the case isn't over. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

    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.

    Bach's body was found in a wooded area near McCowan's home in Union Township three days after the 19-year-old disappeared.