INDIANAPOLIS — 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, who was slain during a dispute.
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 (http://bit.ly/1q6eFnk ) 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.
Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com