Former Barber Sentences For The Burning Death Of Homeless Man
April 29, 2010
California (ChattahBox) – A former barbershop worker has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal killing of a homeless man in Los Angeles, after losing his job for an earlier attack.
Ben Matthew Martin, a 31-year-old barber, had a long grudge against the homeless.
He had previously attacked the victim, Robert McGraham, who was mentally ill but described as “sweet and harmless”. According to witnesses, he chased McGraham down the street from the shop, screaming and kicking him in the back as he hit him with a bag of towels.
The incident was reported, and Martin was fired for the incident.
Blaming McGraham, Martin went a few months later in search of the man, finding him in a parking lot in Los Angeles. He then doused him in gasoline and set him alight with a flair.
McGraham suffered burns on 90% of his body and was burned to death, despite onlookers attempts to put out the flames while the killer escaped.
Martin was arrested, and last month be plead guilty for the 2008 attack.