N. Ind. man seeks to overturn 60-year sentence

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A northern Indiana man sentenced to 60 years in prison in his ex-girlfriend's murder is seeking to overturn his conviction and sentence.

The Times of Munster reports a public defender for 20-year-old Dustin McCowan of Wheeler filed a motion to correct errors Thursday in Porter Superior Court.

Attorney Mitch Peters says the motion is a prerequisite for appeal when addressing newly discovered evidence that could not have been discovered at the time of trial.

He contends the judge who oversaw McCowan's murder trial in the 2011 murder of 19-year-old Amanda Bach of Portage should have recused himself from the trial after learning McCowan made derogatory and threatening remarks about the judge during a telephone call from jail.

McCowan was convicted of murder in February in Bach's fatal shooting.

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