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.
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.