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23-year-old man arrested in killing of teenage girl found stabbed, bludgeoned in NY home


CORTLAND, New York — A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl found stabbed and bludgeoned inside her central New York home.

Amie Leland was found dead inside her home in Cortland at around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police said she suffered blunt force trauma, stab wounds and other severe injuries.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) that Michael Hammond Jr. was arrested later Friday at his home in Virgil.

Hammond was arraigned Saturday in Cortland City Court. He pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

He is being held without bail.

Police said Hammond had a previous relationship with Leland.

Information from: The Post-Standard,

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