In a case that has attracted national attention, the 31-year-old twin brothers, William and Christopher Cormier, are accused of killing Sean Dugas, placing his body in a plastic storage container and then burying him in a backyard plot.
The 30 year old victim, an acquaintance of the brothers, was first reported missing in August.
“We don’t know for sure when he was buried at the Winder residence,” said Officer Chris Cooper of the Winder Police Department. “A [Georgia Bureau of Investigations] medical examiner estimated the time of death to be approximately a month ago which is around the same time Dugas was reported missing in Florida.”
The Cormier twins are former residents of Lumpkin County who lived temporarily on Chestarra Road in 2009.
Though their residency was rather short-lived, they still had a reported run-in with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office a little more than three years ago.
“They were both arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute,” said Investigator Wesley Burnett.
Warrants were issued for the Cormier’s arrest in January of 2009, and they reportedly turned themselves in a month later.
The brothers left town soon after their release, said officials.
Winder authorities said a motive has yet to be determined in the murder of Dugas but a GBI autopsy showed that he died of a blow to the back of the head.
Winder Police arrived at the Sixth Street residence last Monday after receiving a call from the Pensacola Police Department.
The father, William Cormier, said that his sons told him they had buried a friend’s dog in the backyard after killing it.
“The father led us to the backyard where he said his sons had buried the man’s dog,” said Cooper. “We used a city owned backhoe to pull up the concrete slab.”
The Cormier brothers were arrested and originally charged with concealing a death. The results of the autopsy upgraded that charge to murder.
Cooper said the murder is currently under investigation by the Winder Police Department, GBI and Pensacola Police Department.