published Sunday, September 18th, 2011, updated Sept. 18th, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.

Whitfield County fire that killed two ruled homicide, suspect arrested

Dixon said investigators were called to the home at 113 Honey Bee Way in west Whitfield County after 11:30 a.m. Saturday when firefighters found two bodies inside a burning home.
Dixon said investigators were called to the home at 113 Honey Bee Way in west Whitfield County after 11:30 a.m. Saturday when firefighters found two bodies inside a burning home.
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A man and a teenage girl whose bodies were found Saturday in a burning house in Rocky Face, Ga., were victims of homicide, said Maj. John Gibson with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office.

Daniel Densmore, 32, is charged with 2 counts of felony murder, 1 count of arson and 1 count of armed robbery.

Whitfield County coroner Bobbie Dixon said investigators were called to the home at 113 Honey Bee Way in west Whitfield County after 11:30 a.m. Saturday when firefighters found two bodies inside the burning home.

Dixon declined to release details about how the two died.

The man has been identified as Julius Wayne Smith, 61, who lived at the home, Dixon said.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood says the female has been identified as Krista Denae Babb, a 14-year old student from Chatsworth, Ga. She was a "family friend" who was spending the morning with Smith.

Densmore used to live in Smith's rental property just behind him and knew Smith well, Chitwood said.

The scene at the home was "chaos" on Saturday, Dixon said, with investigators remaining the scene until late Saturday evening.

Babb's body was found in the living room near the bedroom, Dixon said. She was badly burned.

Smith was found in the kitchen. His body had fewer burns, Dixon said.

The kitchen and living room both had extensive fire damage, she said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigators and the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department could not be reached for comment.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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