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Closing arguments finish in body-in-concrete trial

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man beat a former Pensacola reporter to death with a hammer and buried his body in concrete so he could steal a collection of fantasy role-playing cards worth $100,000.

Defense attorneys said during closing arguments Thursday that prosecutors didn’t prove that William Cormier III killed Sean Dugas, and instead suggested his twin was responsible.

Cormier is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors say Cormier stole Dugas’ valuable collection of cards for the game “Magic: The Gathering.”

Dugas’ body was unearthed more than a month after his 2012 death in the backyard of Cormier’s father’s home in Georgia. Cormier’s twin brother has pleaded no contest to charges of helping his brother move Dugas’ body from Florida to Georgia.

Associated Press

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