ATLANTA – Authorities say a woman who had previously admitted to setting an abandoned Atlanta house on fire is connected to another deadly fire.
Atlanta Police say that 35-year-old Kamara Wheeler, also known as Keisha Smith, was charged with arson and murder in connection to a March 15 fire at a southwest Atlanta apartment fire on Campbellton Road.
At 4:14 a.m. that morning, the Atlanta Fire Department responded to the Venetian Hills Apartments to find heavy flames coming from one of the units and people jumping to safety. Fire crews worked to put out the fire, but when it was out, they found a 64-year-old man, George Hughes, dead.
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One person killed in early morning apartment fire
However, this wasn’t the first time Wheeler was investigated for arson.
Back in November 2014, and Atlanta Police officer was dispatched to 1400 block of Oglethorpe Avenue for reports of an abandoned house on fire.
When the officer got there, a man reported seeing a woman wearing a gray hoodie with a black jacket and blue jeans run out of the house as it started to go up in flames.
Officers were able to track down the woman at a nearby gas Shell gas station.
As the officer pulled into the parking lot beside the woman, she immediately got into the vehicle, yelling, “Yeah, yeah it was me! I did it, and I used a lighter to do it, too. So what?”
At this point, the officer yelled at the woman to get out of his car. Soon after, the officer and the woman were tussling as he tried to handcuff her. The officer called for backup and was eventually able to subdue the woman.
The woman told officers her name was Kamara Wheeler, which turned out to be not true. Police were able to positively identify her as Keisha Smith and placed her under arrest. They charged her with 1st degree Arson, criminal damage to property, obstruction and false name. She was taken to the Fulton County Jail.
Before both of those incidents, the 35-year-old had been charged with more than a dozen previous violations.