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Joseph McCowan

Joseph McCowan

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Updated: May 25, 2014 3:37PM



The father of a Porter County man who is serving 60 years in prison for murdering Amanda Bach has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Joseph McCowan, an officer with the Crown Point Police Department, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which is when debts are reorganized, earlier this month.

Both McCowan and his son, Dustin McCowan, are being sued by Bach’s parents for wrongful death. They claim in their lawsuit that Joseph McCowan was negligent in her death because he did not properly secure the gun that his son used to kill Bach in September 2011.

American Family Mutual Insurance, which provides the home insurance policy to Joseph McCowan, is also suing both McCowans and the Bach family, saying it should not have to defend the McCowans because Bach’s death was an illegal act, which the policy does not cover.

Joseph McCowan says in his bankruptcy case that his assets total $103,750 — most of which comes from his house and car — and he has debts totaling $15,162.

His car loan comprises most of that debt, according to court filings, although his legal expenses are listed as unknown.

Attorneys for American Family filed a notice Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond that they intend to ask that the automatic stay put in place on most collection actions when someone files for bankruptcy is lifted.

Bach’s murder made news when someone found her car abandoned in Wheeler.

Search parties discovered her body on Sept. 17, 2011, among trees near train tracks, close to where the McCowans lived.



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