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.