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Riverside man killed over gravel lot dispute

Michael Barnett (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Michael Barnett (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson)
RIVERSIDE (FOX19) -

The 61-year-old Riverside man fatally beaten last week was killed over a gravel lot dispute with a neighbor, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

Stephen Snodgrass was brutally attacked with a wooden pole and left unconscious during a dispute in the 3900 block of River Road, Cincinnati police said.

The neighbor, Michael Barnett, 48, called 911 and told the operator that when he knocked on Snodgrass' door, the man emerged with a bat, so Barnett defended himself by punching Snodgrass in the head.

"Hey, he's laying here on my property now which he has contested that,” Barnett told the dispatcher. “He had his Mexican buddies dump a bunch of concrete-blacktop here trying to make it his parking spot. It's been going on for years."

Neighbors say they knew about the long standing dispute between Barnett and Snodgrass about the gravel. While most of them believe the gravel was actually placed there by the city during pothole repairs, Barnett never believed it blaming Snodgrass for putting the gravel on his property.

"The kids here have actually had interactions with him where he's actually threatened them with a knife,” said neighbor James Stapleton. "I mean it doesn't shock me that he would have done something like that. It's just shocking that it happens. It's just crazy."

Barnett is held in lieu of a $1 million bond at the Hamilton County jail. He faces two counts of felonious assault, but those charges are expected to be upgraded since Snodgrass passed away from his injuries. 

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