Warrants issued in case of body buried in concrete slab

5:21 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
William Joseph Cormier III (L) and Christopher Lynn Cormier (R) are charged with homicide and robbery.(Courtesy Winder Police)
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WINDER, Ga. -- Police from Pensacola, Fla., have issued warrants for two men in custody in Winder, Ga., in connection with the death of a former Pensacola New Journal reporter.

Judge Thomas Santurri signed warrants for twin brothers William and Christopher Cormier, both 31, of Winder.  William has been charged with homicide and Christopher was charged with homicide/accessory after the fact. Both brothers have also been charged with armed robbery.

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The brothers are expected to be extradited to Pensacola at some point.

"Our Criminal Investigations Division spent many intensive hours on this case, and I am very proud of the work they have done," said Pensacola Police Chief Chip W. Simmons.

On Sept. 13, Pensacola police received a report that Sean Dugas, 30, had not been heard from since August 27, when he spoke with a friend by telephone. Dugas is a former reporter with the Pensacola News Journal, a sister news property of 11Alive.

An investigation led police to the Cormier brothers in Winder. Once Winder police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation became involved in the investigation, they discovered Dugas' body buried in a cement slab in their father's backyard in Winder. The Cormier brothers were taken into custody and charged with the death of another.

An autopsy determined that Dugas died from blunt force trauma.

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