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Men accused in killing, dismembering of Shane Nguyen appear in court, request public defenders

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Matthew Cramer and Jacob Hamilton

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two men charged in the murder of a Fort Wayne man appeared in court on Tuesday and requested public defenders.

Mathew Cramer II, 21, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and resisting law enforcement, while 20-year-old Jacob Carreon-Hamilton is charged with assisting a criminal, abuse of a corpse and resisting law enforcement.

Their initial hearing took place before a magistrate 11 days after Nguyen was reported missing by his family, triggering a Silver Alert.

Shane Nguyen (left) was reported missing on April 23. His remains were discovered in the back of his stolen van.

His remains were later found in his van, which police said the suspects used to lead them on a chase.

The Allen County Coroner's Office said Nguyen, 55, died from blows to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators believe Cramer slammed Nguyen's head to the ground, killing him. Cramer and Carreon-Hamilton are accused of dismembering his remains at a local storage unit, then placing them in Nguyen's van.

Carreon-Hamilton told detectives he wasn't present for the killing, but Cramer said Carreon-Hamilton helped dispose of the body, according to police records.

Cramer is ordered held without bond and will likely be assigned a public defender and a trial date at a hearing on May 19.

The court set bail for Carreon-Hamilton at $15,000.

If he posts bond and is released from custody, it's expected his trial date will be established at a hearing scheduled for June 28.

A third man initially named in the search for the suspects has not been charged.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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