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Oklahoma man to stand trial in dismemberment death

Oklahoman Modified: February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am •  Published: February 28, 2013

PAULS VALLEY (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of killing a man and stuffing his body in cement-filled buckets has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Special Judge Trisha Misak ruled Thursday that there was probable cause for Justin Hammer to be tried in the death of Brandon Duran.

The judge scheduled a formal arraignment for April 26.

Prosecutors allege that Hammer fatally shot Duran, dismembered his body and placed the parts into buckets. The buckets and remains were later found in a pond in rural Garvin County.

Defense attorney Irven Box has said that Hammer shot Duran in self-defense after Duran forced his way into Hammer's home. Authorities say Hammer told police that he panicked after the shooting and cut up Duran's body to dispose of it. has disabled the comments for this article.