Darius Strange


A 20-year-old man has been charged in the deaths of two men found in a burning Cadillac in June.

“It may seem at times as if nothing is moving in a case,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “But then that one piece of evidence we need is developed and the case moves to a solution.”

Darius Strange has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Ravenell said the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Highway Patrol were contacted in the early morning hours of June 11 after the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety extinguished a car fire just off a grassy area next to Ridgewood Drive.

ODPS reported to the agencies that two severely burned victims were located inside the vehicle, which was identified as an unknown model Cadillac that was burned from the inside passenger cabin to the trunk area.

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Due to the conditions of the victims, the last of the two was not identified until August.

The victims were identified as Joshua Santana “JoshyBoi” James, 36, of Treadwell St. and Richard Ray Moody, 31, of Fourth Avenue.

Sheriff’s office investigators were finally able to question Strange on Friday after developing the Orangeburg man as a person of interest early on in the investigation.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the double homicide.

Sergeants John Stokes and Rashaad Moore along with Capt. Frederick Evans were able to locate Strange this week.

Lt. James Shumpert is lead investigator in the case.

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