The Norman Transcript

August 2, 2013

Formal arraignment reset for Okla. man in shooting


The Associated Press

PAULS VALLEY — Arraignment has been rescheduled for an Oklahoma man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-husband, cutting up his body and stuffing the remains into cement-filled buckets.

Justin Hammer was scheduled to be formally arraigned in Garvin County District Court Friday on a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 7, 2012, death of 32-year-old Brandon Duran. Arraignment was postponed until Sept. 27 at the request of Hammer's defense attorney, D. Michael Haggerty II of Durant. Hammer has entered an initial plea of not guilty in the case.

Hammer was ordered to stand trial on the murder charge following a preliminary hearing in February. Prosecutors allege Hammer shot Duran and then panicked, cutting up the body and placing body parts in cement-filled buckets that were thrown into a pond on his property.