The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 11, 2012

Body of dismembered man found in Oklahoma pond

By Ken Miller
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A dismembered body was found Friday in several cement-filled buckets in a pond on property owned by the man suspected in the slaying, according to an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Justin Hammer, 30, of Elmore City, helped authorities find the body, which is believed to be his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend.

"We interviewed him and he gave us a location where we could find the body," Brown said. "It's not often the suspect tells us the truth."

Hammer, 30, of Elmore City, pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday in Garvin County District Court. He was ordered held on $2 million bond pending his next hearing, scheduled for Aug. 14. Online court records do not yet list an attorney for him.

Brown said the OSBI began investigating Wednesday after a witness told authorities Hammer said he shot the person Tuesday, cut up the body with a saw and placed the parts into numerous 5-gallon buckets that he then filled with cement. Hammer was arrested Thursday.

Brown declined to discuss a possible motive for the slaying or name the victim, saying authorities were waiting for the state medical examiner to officially identify the body.

There is no evidence the slaying is connected to the highly publicized death and dismemberment of Carina Saunders, 19, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Bethany, an Oklahoma City suburb, Brown said. Bethany police have said they suspect Saunders' slaying was connected to human trafficking, prostitution and a drug ring in the Oklahoma City area.

"I can't imagine how it would have any relationship to that," Brown said.

Elmore City is in rural Garvin County, about 65 miles south of Oklahoma City.