Guy Mad at Neighbor's Tall Grass Torches House: Cops

Georgian faces arson charges after dispute gets a little out of hand

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 16, 2013 12:12 PM CDT | Updated May 19, 2013 11:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – There's probably all kinds of good ways to resolve an argument with a neighbor about mowing the lawn, but none involve two cans of gas and a match. That's what 58-year-old Phillip Roger Bennett used to set his neighbor's house ablaze, say police in Cartersville, Ga. Luckily, the neighbor and his 3-year-old daughter escaped unharmed, reports MyFox Atlanta. Bennett, who fled to North Carolina before turning himself in, faces arson charges.

"Slapped me across the face and said, 'Mow your grass,'" victim Marty Corbitt tells 11 Alive. "My grass was too tall for him. I was going to cut it today, and then he set my house on fire."

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