GEORGIA: “In 34 years, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things, but this is one is for the books,” said Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper. Police say Phillip Bennett was angry that his neighbor wouldn’t cut the grass and flew into a rage setting his neighbor’s house on fire while the neighbor, Marty Corbitt, was inside with his 3-year-old daughter. Neighbors were shocked: “I’m just surprised this happened. I couldn’t hardly believe it. (I) just can’t understand why someone would burn someone’s house down for not cutting the grass,” said Wayne Rice.
This wasn’t the first time the two neighbors had had a run in. Police said Bennett walked across the street and slapped Corbitt a week ago while Corbett stood in his yard.
Bennett has been charged with arson, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, terroristic threats, burglary, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. Police want the district attorney to upgrade the assault charge to attempted murder because Corbett and his daughter were inside the house when the fire was set.
Bennett, now in custody, has relocated from the neighborhood to a jail cell. He won’t find any grass issues there.
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