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Aston Barth Update: Car linked to ex-con Long Island murder suspect set on fire

This undated photo provided by Suffolk County police shows Aston Barth. Prosecutors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 say Barth, 33, killed his friend and next-door neighbor Jason Campbell, tried to cut his head off with an ax and hid the body in his bedroom closet for nearly a week while keeping relatives and acquaintances at bay. Barth was being held without bail after pleading not guilty. (AP Photo/Suffolk County Police) Uncredited

Aston Barth
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(CBS/AP) CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - Police say a vehicle linked to Aston Barth, an ex-convict suspected of murdering his Long Island neighbor, was set on fire in front of Barth's home on Wednesday.

Suffolk County police say the fire occurred two days after Barth allegedly choked Jason Campbell, his 35-year-old neighbor.

Police reportedly found a gas can on the front lawn of Barth's home after being called to the scene around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. The fire is being investigated as arson.

According to Newsday, police declined to say who owned the Ford Explorer but said Barth has been known to drive it.

Barth was arrested on Monday and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Campbell's slaying.

Authorities say Campbell's body was found hidden in Barth's bedroom closet.

Barth has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

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