Man Charged in Ex-Reporter's Killing on Trial

Man Charged in Ex-Reporter's Killing on Trial

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (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.

Cormier's defense attorney urged jurors to keep open minds. Richard Currey told jurors their duty was to make sure the state proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, not to solve the crime.

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