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March 2, 2013

More details come in grisly murder

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"He said he cut the arms, legs and head off the body," Akers testified.

The body parts were then placed in five paint buckets, while a dog cage was used for Duran's turso. During the interview Hammer did tell the agent he disposed of the cage and buckets in a nearby farm pond. The containers with parts of Duran's body were later found when the pond was drained.

According to the OSBI agent, Hammer claimed the trauma of the moment led to him dismembering the body.

"He said he freaked out," Akers said. "That's exactly what he said."

Prosecutors Mark Norman and Tara Portillo had other witnesses offer testimony showing Hammer might have planned out in advance the killing and a way to dispose of Duran's body.

John Law III, manager of the Ace Hardware store in Pauls Valley testified there were two consecutive days in early August last year when Hammer's own Ace rewards card was used to purchase items at the local store.

Among the items were five 5-gallon paint buckets and lids, 10 bags of ready mix concrete, a pair of latex gloves and a gallon of bleach, all items used by Hammer for the body's disposal. Van Emblom, who described himself as Hammer's best friend and more "like a brother," said he received a call from Hammer on the night of Duran's death.

Emblom said his friend made a surprising statement and request when they got to Hammer's residence.

"He said he needed help with some concrete; that he had just shot Brandon," Emblom said." He said, 'I need you to help get rid of the body.’ I looked at him and didn't really believe him. He opened the door and I saw the buckets and lots of blood. I freaked out.”

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