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Death penalty sought for fatal Riverside beating suspect

Michael Barnett (Provided by the Hamilton County jail) Michael Barnett (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
RIVERSIDE (FOX19) -

The man accused of beating his neighbor to death over a gravel lot dispute was indicted capital aggravated murder charges Friday.

Michael Barnett also was indicted with aggravated burglary and felonious assault. He could now face the death penalty in the May 27 slaying of his neighbor, Stephen Snodgrass, 61.

Barnett is charged with repeatedly beating Snodgrass with a wooden pole and also beating and stabbing Snodgrass' girlfriend in the 3900 block of River Road.

Neighbors have said the two were in a long-standing dispute over gravel placed on Barnett's property by the city during pothole repairs. Barnett didn't believe it, blaming Snodgrass for the gravel.

Barnett was initially charged with two counts of felonious assault. He is held in lieu of $1.75 million bond at the Hamilton County jail.

It is not clear when his case will return to court now that charges have been upgraded with the death penalty possible upon conviction.

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