by: Richard Elliot Updated:
WINDER, Ga. - Winder police charged twin brothers with murder in the mysterious death of a body found encased in concrete and buried in their father's backyard.
Investigators always planned to charge William and Christopher Cormier with felony concealing the death of another after police dug up the human remains from their father's backyard Monday evening. But late Wednesday, investigators decided to go ahead and add the charge of murder.
They still are not sure but suspect the remains are of 30-year-old Sean Dugas, a former Pensacola newspaper reporter missing since late August. Investigators still have not positively identified the body.
"We were able to find out from the medical examiner that they did decide it was a homicide," said Winder Police Officer Chris Cooper. "The medical examiner was also able to determine a time of death being approximately a month ago which matches up with the time frame what Mr. Dugas was pronounced missing."
Channel 2 Action News also learned that back in June, the Cormier's younger brother asked a Gwinnett County court for a temporary protective order, or TPO, against his siblings. Court documents show Greg Cormier asked for the order after he said William and Christopher hit him and threatened him because of a debt. He also complained that the brothers blocked his car in the driveway of their Lawrenceville home and wouldn't let him leave. One TPO was granted, but later dismissed.
The Cormier twins are being held in separate jails on no bond.