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.
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.