A second person has now been charged with murder in the death of a Lexington man whose body was found in a shallow grave earlier this year.
41-year-old Richard Barnes of West Columbia previously was charged with accessory after the fact to murder, manufacturing meth, and possessing marijuana.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department accuses Barnes and 27-year-old Worth Cook of Batesburg-Leesville with fatally stabbing 54-year-old David Diblasi at Cook's home in April.
Sheriff's Major John Allard says, “Detectives recovered the body of Diblasi after excavating a burial site in the backyard of Cook's home. Diblasi had been stabbed in his left eye and suffered a fractured skull.”
Allard says in March, Cook allegedly used Diblasi's credit card to buy diapers and baby supplies for Cook's girlfriend.
Allard says Barnes unsuccessfully tried to use Diblasi's credit card to buy a saw at a home improvement center.
Investigators say both suspects cut up Diblasi's pickup and parts from it were sold for recycling in Batesburg-Leesville.