William Joseph Cormier III
PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) - Prosecutors say a man accused of killing a former newspaper reporter and stealing his valuable collection of gaming cards kept the body in a container surrounded by air freshener and potpourri for more than a week before burying the container in concrete.
Prosecutor Bridgette Jensen showed jurors an identical plastic container during opening statements Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of William Joseph Cormier III.
Prosecutors allege Cormier beat Sean Dugas to death and stole Dugas' collection of cards for the role playing game "Magic: The Gathering." Experts have valued the cards at up to $100,000.
See Also: Friendship, money, greed meet in 'Magic: The Gathering'
Cormier's defense attorney urged jurors to keep open minds. Richard Currey told jurors there duty was to make sure the state proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, not to solve the crime.
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