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Police: Man burns neighbor's house over lawn dispute

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM   |   Comments

May 16 (UPI) -- A Georgia man suspected of arson has turned himself in to U.S. Marshals in North Carolina, who were able to talk him into surrendering over the phone.

Marty Corbitt said he was at his home in Cartersville, Georgia, watching cartoons with his young daughter when neighbor Phillip Roger Bennett came over with two gas cans.

"And then he grabs the gas can, starts pouring it into the kitchen. As he's pouring, he takes his lighter and lights it. Flames were everywhere," Corbitt told FOX5.

Corbitt grabbed his daughter and got out of the burning home, but lost everything in the fire. His daughter was most worried about her tricycle, but within hours, neighbors bought her a new one.

Police say the two men, who lived across the street from each other, were involved in an apparent feud over the length of Corbitt's grass. "My grass is too tall for him. I was going to cut it today when he set it on fire," Corbitt said.

Police called suspected arsonist Bennett armed and dangerous, and said he has an extensive criminal history. The 58-year-old turned himself in on Thursday morning in Murphy, North Carolina, and will be transported back to Georgia.

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