Bond was denied for one of the brothers accused of killing a Pensacola newspaper reporter whose body police found last week buried and encased in concrete outside a Winder home. William Joseph Cormier III appeared in shackles in Barrow County Superior Court, where Judge T. Penn McWhorter denied bond after a 30-minute hearing. He said Cormier did not have sufficient ties to the community and posed a flight risk.
Cormier’s brother, Christopher Cormier, who is also charged in the case, did not have a bond hearing Thursday as originally planned. He was not in court.
Defense attorney James A. Rogers told McWhorter before William Cormier III’s hearing that an additional defense attorney must be assigned in the case for Christopher Cormier due to conflict of interest concerns.
The legal request surfaced late Monday, Rogers told the judge, and indicates that the twin brothers could be tried separately in the case.
The 31-year-old men are each charged with murder and concealing the death of Sean Dugas, 30. His remains were found in the yard of the Sixth Avenue home being rented by his father. The father has not been charged in the case.