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Hammer faces new murder charge

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Frederick Phillip Hammer, 48, of Crumpler, N.C., on a new capital murder charge last Friday.

According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Vaught, Hammer now faces an additional charge of capital murder — this time for committing more than two murders within three years.

This brings his total capital murder charges to four.

“The original charges that go the preliminary hearing on Monday are for murder while committing a robbery,” said Vaught.


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