Hearing set for Bartlesville suspect in grandmother's death

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A Bartlesville man accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat in October is now set for a preliminary hearing.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Capps, charged with first degree murder among other charges, appeared before a Washington County District Court judge Friday who set a preliminary hearing date for Feb. 7 next year.

Capps, currently being held on a $1 million bond at the Washington County jail, was arrested on Oct. 31 a few hours after a neighbor to 81-year-old Clara Hammer called police after finding her dead near her front door.

Bartlesville police arrived to find Hammer with head injuries and a bat near her body, according to the case's court affidavit.

They quickly determined her grandson, 20-year-old Capps, the primary suspect in her murder and arrested a few hours later after finding him his grandmother's Oldsmobile, which police found missing from the driveway.

Along with the killing, Capps admitted to stealing jewelry and selling it to a local store.

His other charges include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, grand larceny, selling stolen property and knowingly concealing stolen property.

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