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.

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