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Ex-murder suspect to contest warrants in Hubbard Co. child porn case

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A former Hubbard County murder suspect who still faces child pornography charges will contest search warrants used to obtain evidence in the case, his attorney said.

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Murder charges against Fredrick William Bachman were dismissed in November. But investigators combing through burned evidence discovered child porn on Bachman’s computer, authorities said.

He faces seven felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Bachman was living at a Beauty Lake home that the owner, James Schwartzbauer, 57, was converting to a religious retreat. Last summer, Schwartzbauer’s body was found in the burned-out wreckage of the home in Lake Hattie Township.

Bachman was charged in the homicide, but little physical evidence linked him to the death, and the cause of death was undetermined by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bachman bonded out of the Hubbard County jail after prosecutors dismissed the murder charges. Bachman, who is believed to be living with his family in the Twin Cities area, appeared Monday at a hearing in Hubbard County.

Another hearing is set for April 11. Bachman’s attorney, Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, said he will question the search warrants used to obtain the computerized data.

- Park Rapids Enterprise
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