Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
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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