- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl found stabbed and bludgeoned inside her central New York home.

Amie Leland was found dead inside her home in Cortland at around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police said she suffered blunt force trauma, stab wounds and other severe injuries.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/1KTrUUr ) that Michael Hammond Jr. was arrested later Friday at his home in Virgil.

Hammond was arraigned Saturday in Cortland City Court. He pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

He is being held without bail.

Police said Hammond had a previous relationship with Leland.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com


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