SC Coroner IDs 1 Person Killed for Demanding Unpaid Cab Fare

James Loftis

James Loftis

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina coroner has identified one of the two people who authorities say was shot to death and burned when they demanded an unpaid cab fare.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified one of the victims as 46-year-old Guma Dubar, a taxi cab driver from North Charleston. Salisbury says DNA testing is necessary to identify the second victim of the shootings Saturday in Goose Creek.

The coroner lists the probable cause of death as gunshot wounds to the victims’ heads and torsos. He says both bodies were unrecognizable due to 100 percent thermal burns.

James Edward Loftis of Goose Creek faces two counts of murder. Police say he confessed to shooting two people demanding an unpaid cab fare, burning their bodies and burying them in a shallow grave in his backyard.

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