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Suspects appear in court, seek public defenders in Nguyen murder case

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Cramer and Carreon-Hamilton
Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton (left), Matthew Cramer (right)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A man accused of killing and dismembering a Fort Wayne resident and the person accused of helping him dispose of the remains appeared in court on Tuesday.

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 at the Allen County Courthouse.

The case focuses on the disappearance of Shane Nguyen, 55, and the later discovery of his remains.

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Probable cause documents show that police recognized a van that was connected to Nguyen on April 25 around 5 a.m. and attempted to stop it before engaging in a short pursuit that ended in a crash.

Three people were taken into custody; one of them later released.

Cramer is accused of taking Nguyen to a Fort Wayne storage unit, choking him and then hitting his head on the ground, killing him.

He and Carreon-Hamilton allegedly then dismembered the body and placed it back in the van.

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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