An Ottawa County man remains in custody after allegedly beating his neighbor with a hammer. 40-year old Gordon Schuster was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Officials say Robert Starnes lives across the alley from Schuster. Starnes was found unconscious in the side yard of Schuster`s house last week. Police say Schuster allegedly beat Starnes with a hammer. Schuster told police the two men had been drinking at his home. Starnes remains in guarded condition at a Joplin hospital. Schuster is being held on $50,000 bond.