- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a man who was convicted of killing another man, then cutting up the victim’s body and stuffing the remains in cement-filled buckets that were dumped into a pond.

The court handed down the decision Wednesday in the case of 33-year-old Justin Hammer. A jury in Garvin County convicted Hammer of first-degree murder in the August 2012 death of Brandon Duran. Duran’s body was found in the cement-filled buckets in a pond near Hammer’s house.

Hammer testified during his trial he shot Duran twice in self-defense after Duran forced his way into Hammer’s home and made threats toward Hammer’s family because of Hammer’s relationship with Duran’s ex-wife. Prosecutors say there was no evidence that Hammer was ever threatened.

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