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Man accused of murder dies while in custody
December 10, 2015, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

James Goss

A man accused of killing another man at a San Carlos hotel in October has died while in custody, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

James Haarer Goss, 61, died Dec. 8, according to the Coroner’s Office.

He died due to personal medical complications, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was accused of killing Robert Alan Lawless, 32, by stabbing him several dozen times after a night of drinking together.

Lawless and Goss were found with injuries to their upper bodies after sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at around 10 a.m. Oct. 1 to a rented room in the LiA Hotel at 950 El Camino Real in San Carlos. LiA calls itself a place of lodging for traveling artists.

Goss, a resident of Arnold, California, claimed he did not recall how his acquaintance ended up dead in a room they shared at the LiA Hotel Thursday morning, according to prosecutors.

Lawless reportedly borrowed Goss’ car the night before and went to a party where he met a woman. He returned to the hotel room the men were sharing with the woman around 3 a.m. The woman was then seen on surveillance video giving Lawless a hug before she left around 5 a.m., according to prosecutors.

Several hours later, Goss reported to hotel staff that he awoke to find Lawless bleeding and perhaps dead in the bed next to him. When medics and police arrived, they pronounced Lawless dead around 10:05 a.m., according to prosecutors.

Goss was facing murder charges and was in custody on no-bail status.



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