Florida authorities seek extradition of twins for murder of man buried in Winder yard

Florida authorities are seeking the extradition of twin brothers in custody in Georgia for the murder of a man in Pensacola whose body was found buried and entombed in concrete last month in the yard of a home in Winder.

In a news release issued Thursday, Pensacola police said William and Christopher Cormier murdered 30-year-old Sean Dugas on Aug. 27, then transported the body in a U-Haul truck for burial in Winder.

The body of Dugas, a former reporter for the Pensacola Journal News, was found by Winder police on Oct. 8, buried in the yard of the Cormier brothers’ father on Sixth Avenue.

The brothers were arrested that day and charged with concealing the death of another, and the charges were soon upgraded to murder.

The Cormiers are being held without bail, one at the Barrow County Detention Center and the other at the Jackson County Jail.

However, according to Pensacola police, the investigation determined that the crime happened in Florida, so authorities there are seeking to have the Cormier brothers extradited. The brothers are accused of armed robbery in warrants alleging they stole a collection of “Magic: The Gathering” game cards valued between $25,000 and $100,000. Police said the cards were sold in Pensacola, Tennessee and Georgia.

The robbery and murder happened while the Cormiers were house guests of Dugas in Pensacola, police said.

Dugas was reported missing on Sept. 13, by a friend who had made plans to have lunch with him on Aug. 27. He wasn’t home when she went to pick him up, police said. The woman left a note and tried to contact her friend over the next several days, police said, and when she went to his home on Sept. 7, she found Dugas’ residence was empty, except for a TV, police said.

The investigation determined that after Dugas was killed, William Cormier bought supplies at a local Walmart that were later used to dispose of Dugas’ body, police said. The brothers then drove the body to Winder.

Authorities did not say what items were bought at Walmart, but Winder police said that Dugas’ body was stuffed into a plastic storage bin, which was then placed in a hole in the yard on Sixth Avenue where it was covered with concrete.

Pensacola police contacted authorities in Winder on Oct. 8 upon learning from witnesses that the Cormiers had talked about moving to Georgia with Dugas.

That same day, local authorities uncovered a freshly dug area on the property outside downtown Winder, where the Cormiers told their father they had buried Dugas’ dog.

It took a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner a few days to positively identify the body as Dugas, because it had been encased in concrete.

The medical examiner ruled Dugas’ death a homicide and determined he had been killed by multiple blows to the back of the head.

The Florida arrest warrants charge William Cormier with murder and Christopher Cormier with accessory to murder after the fact, and both are charged with armed robbery, Pensacola police said.

As of Monday afternoon, Florida prosecutors had yet to file any paperwork with local authorities to set the extradition in motion, according to Winder police.