- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana man facing murder charges in the 2006 beating death of an 81-year-old World War II veteran has testified that he didn’t commit the attack.

Thirty-four-year-old Andrew Cooper of Bloomington told Monroe County jurors Thursday that he didn’t remember ever being at Sid Cowden’s home in Ellettsville.

Cooper was arrested last year after authorities said DNA tests on cigarette butts found at the house matched Cooper’s samples from a previous theft conviction.

The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1UZRWZC ) Cooper testified he did home repairs at many places and might have worked at Cowden’s house.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain testified a woman who died in 2011 said another man had told her he killed Cowden. But other trial testimony raised doubts about that man’s credibility because of mental health problems.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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