BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Goose Creek man accused of fatally shooting then burying the bodies of two men he said pushed their way into his home has bonded out of jail.
James Loftis was released from the Berkeley County Detention Center Tuesday, a day after a judge set a bond of $250,000. He is charged with two counts of murder in the March 5 killings of Guma Dubar of North Charleston and James Cody Newland of Ladson.
Loftis's attorneys Monday requested a pre-trial hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
According to an affidavit, Loftis told police he took a cab home early from a night club that evening. He said he got out of the cab and went inside his home.Loftis said the cab driver and another person later knocked on his door demanding the cab fare. He told police they pushed their way into his home. He then got his gun and fired eight shots, killing them both, he said.
At a hearing in April, defense attorney Stephen Harris said he didn't think the prosecution could prove probable cause for murder in the incident.
There's evidence the door was kicked in," he said. "There was a forced entry in this case. Therefore my client had every right in the world to defend himself."