Victim's friend charged with murder, arson in Whitfield County

photo Investigators gather evidence at Julius "Wayne" Smith's house on Honeybee Way in Rocky Face, Ga. Smith and a teenage girl were shot to death and his house set ablaze Saturday.


113 Honey Bee Way

113 Honey Bee Way

ROCKY FACE, Ga. - The man charged with shooting a 61-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl and then burning their bodies was a close friend of the older victim and called him "uncle," friends said Sunday.

Julius Wayne Smith, of Rocky Face, and Krista Denae Babb, of Chatsworth, Ga., were found dead about 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Smith's burning home at 113 Honeybee Way in western Whitfield County, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.