Verdict reach in body-in-concrete trial in Florida

William Cormier, charged with first-degree murder in the death of former Pensacola newspaper reporter Sean Dugas, testifies in his own defense Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Ben Twingley)
William Cormier, charged with first-degree murder in the death of former Pensacola newspaper reporter Sean Dugas, testifies in his own defense Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Ben Twingley)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a man who is charged with beating a former reporter to death with a hammer and burying his body in concrete.

Prosecutors say William Cormier III killed Sean Dugas because he wanted to steal a collection of fantasy role-playing cards worth $100,000.

Court officials announced that a verdict had been reached a little more than an hour after jury deliberations started Thursday afternoon.

Cormier III faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. The body was found in Georgia.

Dugas was a reporter with the Pensacola News Journal.

 

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