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Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 19, 1997
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AI2 The Arizona It public Wednesday, November 19, 1997 Comyktioii may aid suit Father left gun on sofa,' covered up death, parents say By Christina Leonard N ' : The Arizpna Republic . ' ' ; Daniel Bach left a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 handgun in a couch cushion in plain reach of his young stepson Jeremy Bach, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit says Daniel Bach knew Jeremy had psychological problems, and he is negligent in the shooting death of 13-year-old Brad Hansen. Hansen's parents, Rhonda and Jerry Michie, filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year against Bach alleging he played a role in their son's killing and subsequent cover-up. Both parties are scheduled for a status conference Friday morning. Jeremy was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the Nov. 10, 1995 shooting death of Hansen, The Michies' attorney said 'the conviction could help the civil lawsuit, "To a certain extent, yes, because it recognizes the boy and his father; have not been entirely forthcoming to what actually happened," Bill Jones said. But Jones also said the civil case is in the early stages, and it's premature to guess what will happen next The lawsuit, which asks for unspeci-' fied damages, alleges Bach was negligent in supervising his stepson, specifically for leaving the gun in a couch cushion. It also claims he interfered with Hansen's parents' right to dispose of Brad's body. r The second claim arises because Brad's body, which has never been found, was inside Bach's garbage can for 11 days. During that time, Bach told police he kept his guns locked up and denied hearing rumors that the shooting happened in his home, according to documents. , The lawsuit also says Bach told police and Brad's parents that he had inspected his home and found no gun had been fired and no damage had been done to any of the walls. "Even a cursory inspection of the walls of the kitchen in his home would have revealed the clearly visible bullet mark from the shooting," according to the documents. According to the lawsuit, the Michies could have found the body in time before it was sent to a landfill. In answer to the complaint, Bach denied the allegations. Bach's attorney, James Balanger, declined to comment Tuesday. Christina Leonard can be reached at 444-8222 or at via e-mail. Bach jurors cite strong evidence iM,fmm Page A 1 "For the parents, Step 1 is completed," prosecutor John Dits-worth said. "They have the answers as to what happened to their child, to the questions they began asking two years ago." Bach's mother, who lives in Las Vegas, also declined to speak. His stepfather,, Dan, with whom Bach was living when Hansen was killed, was not in the couriroom. Bach will receive a minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 18 by Judge Daniel Nastro. He could get up to 22 years. Some jurors were red-eyed when they left court. One was weeping. "It was a very hard decision to make," juror Jennifer Encinas said. "I thought it would be easier. I went in believing it was an accident." But she and other jurors said the evidence against Bach was indisputable. And has lack of emotion was chilling, they said. "It was a very strange feeling (watching him)," Encinas said. "He has no remorse for his friend." - Bach's attorney, Roland Steinle, said the shooting was a tragic accident involving two boys playing cops and robbers. But several jurors said they tried to . find a way to prove that the shooting was an accident, as Bach contended after his arrest. They said that he changed his story several times about how the gun went off, and that they , tried but failed to re-enact the version in which Bach claimed he was behind Hansen when the uncocked .357 Magnum pistol hit a table and went off. , The jurors tried shooting the empty gun but found it extremely difficult to do when it was uncocked, juror Lance Muzslay said. "We came to the conclusion he had to be facing him," he said. Another key factor in their verdict, Muzslay said, was the time during ' which Bach could have called for help for Hansen but did not. Bach told police he waited more than an hour for his friend to die. "We thought that as extreme indifference on his part," Muzslay said. "There should have been action. That's what a reasonable person would do." Jurors also blamed Bach's parents for their apparent indifference toward their son. His mother lived in another state. His stepfather, charged with fraudulent schemes in another case, was rarely home and left Jeremy alone much of the time, they said. When the boy was arrested in Las Vegas,' his mother, Brittany Brown, did not accompany him to the police department for questioning, juror Reba Rosshardt said. .Rosshardt, who expressed disgust for Dan Bach for leaving unlocked guns in the presence of children, said, "I think he (Jeremy) was raised in a household that wasn't warm and loving." Victoria Marker can be reached at 444-8058 or at via e-mail. 59.97; any size Luxury featherbed with bonus cover. A price so low you'll think you're dreaming 100 cotton cover filled with white goose feathers and white goose down. Compare at $80 to $120 and save up to 50 - t 1 1 H n. k V 5 ' t ' SB. '. r- vjjgf STARTS TODAY! The White Sale Uncommon values and special purchases that won't be around for long! 197 Bath towels. Thick and thirsty oversized bath towels. 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