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Man Burns Neighbors House Over Unkempt lawn (PHOTO)



man burns house over lawn

man burns house over lawn

House burned down during row over lawn

A row over an unkempt lawn in the city of Cartersville, Georgia got so out of hand one man set fire to his neighbor’s house after complaining about the state of the other’s lawn. 58 year old Philip Roger Bennett complained to his neighbor Marty Corbitt about the long grass in front of his house and became so angry he reportedly slapped Corbitt as the row escalated. During the alleged incident Corbitt claims he returned to his house and refused to answer the door to Bennett after the slap in the face.

Corbitt explained to 9News:

“Slapped me across the face and said, ‘Mow your grass,'” Corbitt says. “My grass was too tall for him. I was going to cut it today, and then he set my house on fire.”

After the physical confrontation Corbitt claims Bennett returned to the back door of his house and smashed windows and glass doors before pouring gas into the kitchen and setting it on fire. Corbitt was in the house with his daughter and fled with her after seeing Bennett set fire to his home.

“He kicks my door, tells me I’ve got five seconds to come outside. I turn around and call 911. And while I’m on the phone he comes back with two gas cans in his hand. Walks up to my kitchen door again, takes a gas can, smashes it against the glass, breaks the first pane. Then he turns around and grabs a brick, throws it through the window. And then he grabs a gas can and starts pouring it into the kitchen. And as he’s pouring he takes his lighter and lights it. And flames were everywhere. I ran back to my little girl’s room, grabbed her, ran out the back door over to my neighbor’s and watched the house burn.”

Corbitt watched his house burn to the ground and lost all his possessions as Bennett fled the state and headed north before the police arrived to investigate the incident. Bennett managed to flee Georgia and eventually handed himself in to police in Murphy, North Carolina; authorities say he will be transported back to Georgia as soon as possible.

“I honestly can’t imagine what goes through someone’s head to make them want to murder someone and their child over grass. He was actually a pretty good neighbor up until last week. And then he just went complete psycho.”

“The mean man burned my house,” Kylie said again.

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Man Burns Down Neighbor’s House Over Messy Lawn

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