Twin, 300-Pound Brothers Jailed Without Bond In 1986 SlayingAP , Associated Press
Jun. 23, 1990 4:55 PM ET
PULASKI, TENN. PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) _ A judge has denied bond for 300-pound twin brothers charged with murdering a woman, burning the body and dumping it in the Elk River.
Circuit Judge Jim T. Hamilton denied bond Friday for Pete and Pat Bondurant, 35, who are being held in separate county jails for security reasons.
They are charged with first-degree murder in the May 1986 death of Gwen Dugger, 26, of Elkmont, Ala. The twins were indicted in April after a witness came forward, prosecutors said.
District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, who asked that no bond be set, called the case ''one of the most gruesome set of facts ever put on in this court.''
Pat Bondurant's estranged wife, Denise, testified at the bond hearing that the twins each had sex with Ms. Dugger after she bought drugs ''and got high to the verge of passing out.'' Mrs. Bondurant, who filed for divorce Friday, said her husband then clubbed the woman with an ax handle and Pete Bondurant shot her twice in the head.
Ms. Dugger's body was wrapped in garbage bags and burned in a 55-gallon barrel behind the house, Mrs. Bondurant testified. She said the remains were crushed, put back in the barrel and dumped in the river.
The brothers sat emotionless a few feet away at the defense table.
Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if the two are convicted.
No additional court dates have been set.
Pat Bondurant also was indicted this spring in the 1986 death of a Pulaski man, whose skull fragments were discovered last month at a Lawrence County farm owned by the twins' parents.