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Man who shot and burned Black dad claims ‘stand your ground’

Guma Oz Dubar (Photo Credit: CHARLESTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER) and James Loftis (Photo Credit: Goose Creek Police Department)

Guma Oz Dubar (Photo Credit: CHARLESTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER) and James Loftis (Photo Credit: Goose Creek Police Department)

The tragic murder of Guma Oz Dubar, 45, a Black father who was a hard working taxi driver, has taken center stage in South Carolina. The reason is a stand your ground defense being used by James Loftis, 39, in the killing of Dubar and another man, James Newland, 32, identified as a friend of Dubar. The controversial S.C. Protection of Persons and Property Act, is a stand your ground law that gives homeowners the right in certain circumstances to use deadly force against people breaking into their home.

According to law enforcement, Dubar took Loftis home after a night at the Stilettos Gentlemen’s Club, a strip club in the North Charleston area. Dubar had frequent customers that needed a ride home from a night of drinking at the club. On the night of March 5, 2016, Dubar took Loftis back to his home. Iin the car also was Newland, who was a friend of Dubar. When they got to the residence, Loftis stated he was going in to get cash. It was then that Loftis claimed the two men barged into his home demanding a large sum of money for the cab ride. Loftis claims he was in fear for his life and shot the men in the head and chest. He then dug a hole in his backyard and set the bodies on fire. When his wife came home, she noticed that Loftis had bleached the house in an attempt to clean up the bloody crime scene so she called police.

Family members and friends of Dubar have stated that he would never try to force a person to pay a fare. Instead, they stated he would have called police and let them handle the situation as he had done in the past. At a court hearing on Monday, deputy solicitor Bryan Alfaro stated that the victims “were essentially just slow-cooked inside the grave site.”

Loftis claims that he was traumatized by the home invasion and had intended to call police at some point. As part of his stand your ground defense, evidence of a size 12 footprint at the door of his home was given to support a claim of home invasion.  According to Loftis’ lawyer, the burning of the bodies did not make the case a double murder. Loftis now faces two charges of murder, but shockingly the judge allowed bond to be set at $250K. His lawyer stated that Loftis should be able to post bail sometime this week and will remain under house arrest until trial.


  1. Bill Smith 999935 on May 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds like his wife had his back….not.

  2. FuZ on May 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Stand your ground and create and destroy evidence and crime scenes.
    If it was the other way around, the driver would have asked to show the money before he started the car.

  3. Allison Moss-Fritch on May 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Sounds as if he tried to stiff them, then shot them when they came to the door asking for the $$ for the already given ride. I have the impression that they need to ask for a change of venue to insure something near a fair trial.

    • Smell The Coffee on May 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Murder plain and simple. The mistake the cab driver and his buddy made was going after a racist drunk. From that standpoint it was a setup and he needs to be charged with double murder. The killer went in to get his gun knowing he’d likely be followed. So that constitutes “laying in wait.” He’s a liar. The cabbie should have sat tight, called the police and let them handle it. If the cops went to his door and he opened fire he’d be charged with murder of a LEO.

  4. Mike Orsini on May 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t believe in the death penalty but this man should be in jail for the rest of his life.

  5. Ricky Brown on May 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Why is this guy out on bail? Good Ole United Snakes of America!!!

    • Smell The Coffee on May 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

      He’s out so friends of the deceased can offer up a giant dose of “street justice?” He’s an idiot to make bail. Jail would be tons safer.

  6. ilivebyfacts on May 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Ok. First. This is not a Black Lives Matter case. Please let’s stop mixing the terminology used for police abuse cases with cases such as this. Otherwise. Trust me. It will come flying back in our faces.

    They need to stop this stand your ground law because it is way too broad for abuse.
    Whether true or not burning and burying a body IS NOT standing your ground.
    It is called over up.

    I’d like to know did he have any money on him? Did he pay the man? Let’s get to the truth of his claim.
    A footprint is NOT proof of an attack because there is no proof there was an attack except for the one he has competent enough, scared as he put it (Yeah right), to clean away.

    But the found a footprint. Ok. And?????
    You can find a footprint of a UPS driver if they same one drops items off to your house.
    Doesn’t mean you invite them over to kill and burn them up.

    • Basil Malik on May 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Sorry to break it to you but Stand Your Ground laws are a Black Lives Matter Issue. When you come down from your lofty perch, pontificating wrongly and you’re done stating the obvious, let us know.

      • guest on May 11, 2016 at 8:26 am

        That law definitely wasn’t made for us.

    • Dennisdread_2000 on May 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      First this is not about Black Lives Matter..? Shouldn’t that be last?

  7. paulmsmith on May 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    The dead men have no voice, so the cops will take the word of a man who murders the two men, drags them out into his back yard, digs a hole and burns the bodies. Does this sound like a defensive move to you? Even if the men did follow him to the door to collect their fee and he felt threatened, he could have locked the door and called the police. None of that was done…there is much to cast real doubt on this man’s story. The gunman stiff’s the taxi driver, they (driver & friend) comes to his door, he lets them in and then murders them. He drags them out into his back yard, incinerates their bodies and then disinfects the house to cover the bloody mess. His wife comes home and, out of suspicion, calls the police. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE AN INNOCENT MAN WHO WAS JUST TRYING TO PROTECT HIS PROPERTY?? A competent unbiased professional criminal investigator will blow this case wide open. Does Goose Neck, SC have one?

    • Dennisdread_2000 on May 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      I have no reason to believe that he stiffed them. He may have just invited them in and then killed them.

  8. Andy Morgan on May 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I wonder how that shoe print got there? Not to difficult to take the shoe off someone’s body and make a print—-especially if you have time to doctor and destroy evidence. And 250K for a double murder? Unbelievable.

  9. guest on May 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This should be an open and close case, the tried to cover up the murders but something tells me it will not play out that way.

  10. Unstoppable Nubian on May 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Hopefully this white dude gets murdered slowly and his whole family burned to smithereens….slowly tortured to death. I hate white people. the lowest form of f*king life on the face of the earth.

    • cupcake333 on May 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm