Trial set for Garvin County man charged in fatal shooting

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) - An April 14 trial date has been set 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.

Online Garvin County court records indicate the trial date was set Friday for 31-year-old Justin Hammer. Hammer is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 7, 2012, death of 32-year-old Brandon Duran. Hammer has pleaded not guilty.

Hammer was ordered to stand trial on the murder charge following a preliminary hearing in February. Prosecutors allege Hammer shot Duran in August 2012 and then panicked, cutting up the body and placing body parts in cement-filled buckets that were thrown into a pond on his property.

The buckets containing Duran's body parts were later recovered from the pond in Elmore City.

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