Elkhart man found guilty in death of former Goshen Councilman

Cody Garman (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

An Elkhart man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a former Goshen councilman.

23-year-old Cody Garman was convicted of fatally beating 66-year-old David Swartley.

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A Goshen resident discovered Swartley unresponsive in the back of a vehicle on May 25. He was naked and unconscious at the time and had severe trauma to his head and face. He later died of his injuries.

Garman was later identified as a suspect after it was revealed he met Swartley under the pretense of having a “casual encounter.”

A jury found Garman guilty late Thursday night.