published Saturday, September 24th, 2011

No bond hearing for Whitfield County suspect Daniel Densmore in slayings

Daniel Densmore is led away after a court appearance Friday at the Whitfield County Superior Court in Dalton, Ga. Densmore is charged with the fatal shooting of Julious Smith and Krista Babb. Densmore's attorneys withdrew the request for bond Friday.
Daniel Densmore is led away after a court appearance Friday at the Whitfield County Superior Court in Dalton, Ga. Densmore is charged with the fatal shooting of Julious Smith and Krista Babb. Densmore's attorneys withdrew the request for bond Friday.
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DALTON, Ga. — A Whitfield County man charged with shooting one of his friends and a 14-year-old girl and burning their bodies didn’t get a bond hearing Friday morning.

Defense attorneys for Daniel Densmore, 32, withdrew their request for the hearing in Whitfield County Superior Court. His hearing on a charge of violating probation was moved to Nov. 1.

Densmore was charged Sunday in the deaths of 61-year-old Julious Wayne Smith and Krista Denae Babb. Charges include two counts of felony murder, arson, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Smith and Krista, who were family friends, were found dead about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in Smith’s partially burned home off Honeybee Way. Both had been shot before the house was set on fire.

Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kermit McManus said Densmore’s probation likely will be revoked and he more than likely will remain in jail on the new charges.

Densmore has a history of forgery and theft charges from 2000 to 2008, records show. He was released from Emanuel-Swainsboro Transitional Center in July 2010 after serving time for three forgery convictions in 2008 and violating probation on previous charges.

Densmore was brought into court at 10:30 Friday morning chained at his wrists and ankles. He sat quietly with his head tilted forward during the proceedings.

Smith’s family sat on the front row, but they were ushered from the courtroom immediately after the hearing.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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