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Company denies McCowan family coverage in wrongful death case

DustMcCowan is shown after his sentencing last year for murder AmandBach. In federal lawsuit American Family Mutual Insurance says homeowner’s

Dustin McCowan is shown after his sentencing last year for the murder of Amanda Bach. In a federal lawsuit, American Family Mutual Insurance says a homeowner’s policy held by McCowan's family does not cover them in a civil lawsuit filed by Bach's family.

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Updated: February 18, 2014 11:18AM



American Family Mutual Insurance says a homeowner’s policy held by the family of Dustin McCowan does not cover them in a civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of Amanda Bach.

The company filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Hammond seeking to remove it from the lawsuit filed by Bach’s family against Dustin McCowan and his father, Joseph McCowan.

Dustin McCowan was convicted a year ago of shooting Amanda Bach in the neck in September 2011 and then dumping her body in a copse of trees close to where the McCowans lived. He was sentenced to serve 60 years in prison.

Bach’s family’s wrongful death lawsuit claims Joseph McCowan was negligent in leaving his gun where his son could get to it.

American Family says that its homeowner’s policy with Joseph McCowan does cover him and his son, who was living at the house at the time, for up to $500,000.

However, the policy does not cover any injury that was intentional or criminal.

In its filing, the company asks that it not be held liable for defending the McCowans or for owing any judgment to the Bachs.



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