Missing man's body buried in accused killer's yard

Richard Earl Barnes, 40, charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

LEXINGTON (WACH) - Lexington County investigators have arrested two men in connection to the death

of a missing Lexington man


According to Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives, 26-year-old Worth Edward Cook, III was arrested on Friday, April 5 for the fatal stabbing of 54-year-old David Diblasi, who was reported missing on March 9.

Detectives found Diblasi's body on Friday in a grave outside of Cook's home on Lee Gunter Road.

Lexington County's coroner determined that Diblasi died Feb. 25 after being stabbed in one eye and suffering a fractured skull.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department said Sunday they charged Cook with murder, financial fraud and other crimes. Cook was being held Sunday at the Lexington County jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

The mother of Diblasi reported her son missing a month ago.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says detectives on Friday found Diblasi's body in a grave dug on Cook's property.

Detectives also arrested Richard Earl Barnes, 40, of West Columbia, on arrest warrants on charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder, manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing 28 grams or less of marijuana, Metts said.

According to Metts, arrest warrants show that Diblasi was last seen on February 25 with Barnes and Cook.

"After he killed Diblasi, Cook cut up Diblasiâ??s white 1996 Isuzu Hombre pickup truck, which Diblasi had driven to Cookâ??s home," said Metts "Barnes took Diblasiâ??s Isuzu Hombre pickup truck to Templeâ??s Verbe Auto Parts, where he sold the remaining parts of the truck for metal recycling. Barnes also unsuccessfully tried to use Diblasiâ??s credit card to buy a saw at a home improvement center."

Metts said the motive for the fatal stabbing of Diblasi remains under investigation.

Detectives might file additional charges in connection with Diblasiâ??s murder.