McCowan Denied Bond in Murder of MSU Student

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McCowan Denied Bond in Murder of MSU Student

CREATED Jun. 19, 2013

Unexpected and emotional testimony as Okemos man Connor McCowan was once again denied bond by a judge Tuesday.

The 19-year-old is accused of stabbing his sister's boyfriend, 23-year-old MSU student Andrew Singler, to death in his Meridian Township apartment back in February.

Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady III ordered McCowan to remain in the Ingham County Jail pending his trial, saying he was a flight risk.

McCowan's father and a family friend both took the stand to plead cases for McCowan, painting a picture of an upstanding athlete and student of Okemos High School who had no prior criminal history.

"He was in lots of activities, primarily sports, he lettered in wrestling and football," said Randy McCowan, Connor's father.

"His senior year he was the captain of the high school varsity football team."

But not before Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor John Dewane questioned McCowan's father about the night of the murder and what he saw when he returned to the scene with Connor.

"So your statement to law enforcement that you did see police and crime scene tape would be incorrect," Dewane questioned.

"That's right, I did say I saw crime scene tape though," McCowan's father replied.

Dewane then asked why they didn't stop knowing Connor had admitted to his father he had stabbed Singler.

"There was nobody there to talk to," McCowan's father said. "I wanted to get back home immediately."

Emotions continued to remain high in the courtroom as Janis Singler, Andrew's mother, took the stand to offer her final plea to the judge to deny bond.

"It's daily tears, we can't walk anywhere in our house without being reminded that he's no longer there," she said.

"My son is not here to be free anywhere, he's dead and don't believe that Connor should be able to have the freedom that my son doesn't have."

McCowan's attorney Chris Bergstrom had originally asked Canady to set a $100,000 bond saying there was a job in the community for him that would allow him to work from home.

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