Officials: Goose Creek double murder suspect has died

James Loftis (File/WCIV)

The 9th Circuit Solicitor's office confirms that James Loftis, charged in the 2016 killing of two people—then burning and burying their bodies in his Goose Creek backyard—is dead.

The Berkeley County coroner Bill Salisbury stated the cause of death was suicide.

Loftis was out on a $250,000 bond and on house arrest, charged with the murder of cab driver Guma Dubar (also known by Carlas Anderson) and James Cody Newland.

Police say on March 5, 2016, Loftis left a gentleman's club and took a taxi to his home on South Pandora Drive in Goose Creek. However, they say he didn't have money to pay the fare.

Loftis told police the taxi driver Dubar and another man Newland banged on his door, forced their way in, and demanded money for the cab fare. Loftis told police he responded "I'll get your money" but got a .45 caliber semi-automatic instead and fired eight shots at the two men.

Loftis' attorney, Steven Harris, claimed self-defense.

Police say Loftis shot both men, burned their bodies, and buried them behind his home.

He had also extensively bleached the home following the shooting, according to an affidavit.

His wife first reported the crime to police, after she said her husband confessed to her, police said.

The bodies were found March 6, 2016.

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