Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Florida Man Killed After Touching His Male Roommate's Knees

PALM BAY, Florida -- A 35-year-old man is in custody under a $500,000 bond after a late-night fight with a roommate ended in a homicide.  James Lindsey, faces a charge of 2nd Degree Murder for the death of his roommate, Christopher Earl, age 28. 

Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, Earl’s girlfriend called 911 to report a fight at her home located at 551 Birch Street SW in Palm Bay, Florida.   The woman lives there with Earl and another couple identified as Linsdey and his girlfriend, along with some children who were also in the home.  

Earl's girlfriend attempted to intervene to stop the fight - but was unsuccessful.  When Earl became unconscious, she called for help.  When paramedics arrived at the home, Earl was not breathing.  He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. 

Police spokesperson Yvonne Martinez said in an email that the investigation revealed the two men residing in the home had been drinking alcohol and - at some point during the evening  - Lindsey became upset with Earl for reasons unknown to police.  When Earl approached Lindsey and touched his knees, Lindsey attacked Earl and the fight began.  

“It appears the suspect became annoyed with the victim [Earl] and just took it way too far,” said Palm Bay Police Detective Virginia Kilmer.  “The victim’s girlfriend tried to stop the fight, but was unable to do so.”

Lindsey will face a judge at 1:15 p.m. today at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Florida.  The charge of 2nd Degree Murder is a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison if convicted. 


Anonymous said...

From the article I gather this house fits the profile of the reputed Palm Bay home - under-educated, multi-tatt, obese chain smoking, unmarried with multiple kids whose idea of fun is to go mudding on Thanksgiving on ATV's that are being paid off at $5 a month for 40 years.

You've got to give the killer credit for coming up with an excuse that he believes a jury will buy. Palm Bay is a long way from "progressive" in its thinking.

Anonymous said...

The killer post on his Facebook page 12 be rote he killed him "NOTHING FEELS BEETER THEN TO BEAT SOMEONE'S HEAD IN "
12 hours later he crushes this man head in.
Why was he not charged with capital murder ?

Anonymous said...

I agree with the person above I found this facebook post right after i herd about my brother in laws death and let the detective know he new exactly what he was doing and only realized he messed up and tried to give him CPR for his own benefit

Anonymous said...

My Name Is Jennifer Earle, The Man who was murdered was my Brother Christopher Earle.James Lindsey is a monster who should serve the rest of his life behind bars, if they release him he will kill someone else.James has severe anger issues and will cause another family loss and pain if they let him out!!I agree with everyone on here this should be a 2nd degree murder charge because of what he wrote on his facebook, he only tried to supposedly do C.P.R.after he realized what he had done!!!