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Brothers Arrested Charged for Zimmerman's Murder

Brothers Arrested Charged for Zimmerman's Murder

CHIPLEY, Fla. - Friday,the two brothers accused of killing a Caryville woman faced a Washington County judge for the first time. 

48-year-old Sean Dowis and his brother 49-year-old Greg Dowis faced judge Colby Peel after being arrested Thursday for their involvement in the death of Deena Zimmerman. 

"We're gonna miss her terribly, we're gonna miss her smile, we're gonna miss her loving ways, we're gonna miss her helping hands, we're gonna miss, there's so much we're gonna miss about her," said Jinny Harrell, friend of 22 years.

Sean Dowis is charged with one count of murder and is being held in the Washington County Jail with no bond.

His brother, Greg, is being held on a $150,000 bond for accessory to murder after the fact. 

Sean Dowis worked as a correctional officer sergeant at the Northwest Florida Reception Center.

Department of corrections officials said he stopped showing up for work in November of 2017.

"I feel like that is appropriate at this point," Harrell said. "I feel that he has ruined his own life as well as the lives of many and I feel that no bond is a great start to the level of justice that will be served for her."

Zimmerman's family reported her missing, Tuesday, after finding out she had not shown up for work Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday afternoon, law enforcement located Zimmerman's body in Washington County.

Officials said there are numerous injuries that are consistent with stab wounds.

Zimmerman's friends said she didn't deserve this.

"She loved her people, she loved her family, she loved her friends," Harrell said. "She loved her kids, she was a wonderful mother. She loved being a nurse, she worked hard to be a nurse. She treasured that."

Sean Dowis and Zimmerman were in a relationship and lived together.

Friends of Zimmerman said they never would have imagined he would harm her. 

"She's gonna be missed by everyone," said Harrell. "It's gonna take a long time, if ever that we're gonna be able to get used to not having her infectious laugh and her smile, and just her personality, just her as a whole. Deena was one of a kind."

The Florida Department of Corrections released a statement saying they are "shocked to hear of the allegations against their former employee" and they are "working with law enforcement to assist any way they can."


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