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July 8, 2014

Murder defendant to testify

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Jurors are scheduled to hear from the defendant himself as an Elmore City man facing a first-degree murder charge is expected to defend himself on the stand Wednesday in a Pauls Valley courtroom.

Prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday afternoon against Justin Hammer, 32.

Much of the day’s testimony centered on the autopsy, complete with graphic photos, on Brandon Duran’s body, which Hammer has admitted to cutting into 25 pieces after killing him by gunshot nearly two years ago.

The deadly incident took place on Aug. 7, 2012 in the residence where Hammer lived near Elmore City.

Hammer later used six separate containers to try and dispose of the body parts in the bottom of a farm pond on the property.

Hammer has maintained he feared for his life and killed Duran in self defense.

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

 

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