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Man arrested in deaths of 2 men found shot, on fire near Roseville

Joshua Daniel Smith
Joshua Daniel Smith Booking photo, Placer County Sheriff’s Office

A suspect in the death of two men who were found shot in the head and burning near Roseville in June was arrested Thursday by Placer County sheriff’s detectives.

Joshua Daniel Smith, 38, of Sacramento was booked into the Placer County jail in Auburn. He was transported to Placer County from the Sacramento County jail, where he had been held on other charges since July, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release. A no-bail warrant for his arrest was issued by Placer County in February, sheriff’s officials said.

Jason John Benson, 33, and Warren Alexander Galsote, 34, both of Sacramento, were found about 11: 25 p.m. June 25 on Annbelle Avenue, outside Roseville. A homeowner saw a fire in the gravel driveway in front of his home. When he attempted to extinguish it, he discovered the two men, who had been set on fire. Both had been shot in the head. They died two days later at an area hospital.

Benson’s father, Kevin Benson, told The Sacramento Bee in June that his son had suffered two gunshot wounds – one that caused him to be paralyzed from the neck down. He also suffered brain damage as a result of his heart not beating for five minutes before paramedics resuscitated him.

Sheriff’s officials said Smith became a suspect early in the investigation. He was booked Thursday on suspicion of two counts of homicide with special circumstances and is being held without bail.

Smith is to be arraigned Monday.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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