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Twins Accused of Burying Body in Winder Backyard Arraigned in Florida Court

William and Christopher Cormier are being held in the Escambia County Jail pending a March 11 trial and have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Twin brothers accused of burying a Florida reporter's body in the backyard of a Winder residence have been arraigned in a Florida court. 

The Athens Banner-Herald posted an Associated Press report that William Cormier was arraigned today, Friday, Dec. 7, on a charge of murder and robbery and his brother, Christopher Cormier, was charged with accessory to murder and armed robbery in the death of Sean Dugas. 

The brothers were extradited to Florida in November and had been in local police custody since Oct. 8, when a body was found buried in the backyard of a Sixth Street residence in Winder. A medical examiner declared the case a homicide Oct. 10. The body was later identified as that of 30-year-old Dugas, who had been missing since September. A GBI forensic pathologist used dental and facial bone CT scans and surgically implanted dental hardware serial numbers to make the identification.

The Winder Police Department originally charged the   but authorities determined Dugas was killed in Florida.

According to Winder police, the body was found . The residence is rented by the brothers' father. The father told police his sons arrived from Florida about three weeks ago. They reportedly told their father they were taking care of the missing person’s dog but ended up killing the dog and burying it in the backyard. 

In an October post to his own website, . 

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