PAULS VALLEY — A judge has delayed a hearing for an Oklahoma man accused of killing and dismembering his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend.
Justin Hammer was due in court Friday before Garvin County Special Judge Trisha Misak, but that hearing was delayed until Nov. 2.
Hammer has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 7 death of 32-year-old Brandon Duran.
Court documents indicate Hammer told authorities he shot Duran after Duran forced his way into his home and threatened him. Police allege that Hammer then panicked and cut up the body, which was placed in cement-filled buckets and thrown into a pond on his property in Elmore City.
The victim's remains were recovered on Aug. 10.
Hammer's defense attorney, Irven Box, says Hammer claims that he acted in self-defense.
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