CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A judge has ruled a man accused of killing two men in Goose Creek will go to trial for murder.

James Loftis is accused of killing two people then burning and burying their bodies.

His lawyer had requested a preliminary probable cause hearing to ask the judge to dismiss his murder charges and lower them to involuntary manslaughter. On Friday, April 29, the judge decided both charges will stay the same.

On Sunday, March 6, the bodies of 46-year-old Guma Dubar and 32-year-old James Cody Newland were found buried in Loftis’ backyard.