Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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August 14, 2012

Hammer to stay behind bars

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — No bond will be allowed for an Elmore City area man facing a murder charge for killing and dismembering another man’s body before disposing of the remains in a pond.

The decision on Tuesday morning came after a Garvin County judge heard arguments and brief testimony, including from the defendant himself, Justin Hammer, 30, on whether or not a bond total would be set in the case.

Hammer faces a formal charge of first-degree murder with deliberate intent for killing Brandon Mark Duran on the night of Aug. 7 at Hammer’s rural residence northeast of Elmore City.

Hammer has claimed it was self defense when he used a shotgun to fire the deadly shot into the face of Duran. He later told authorities that Duran was making verbal threats while forcing his way through a door at the Hammer residence.

Testimony later in the hearing indicated Hammer might have planned out the killing in advance.

The defendant has admitted to dragging Duran’s dead body to a bathroom and using a saw to cut off his arms, legs and head

The different body parts were then placed into five white 5-gallon paint buckets, along with concrete and water. The dismembered torso was placed in a dog cage and wrapping in a tarp.

The items were later than night dropped in a farm pond on Hammer’s own property.

During Hammer’s video arraignment on Aug. 10 a bond of $2 million was set by Special District Judge Trisha Misak.

After hearing arguments in a Pauls Valley courtroom on Tuesday and spending a few minutes to look closer at state law, Misak ruled that no bond would be allowed in the Hammer murder case.

Editor's note: A full story will be available in Thursday's edition of the Democrat.

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