By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- A Palm Bay man charged with second-degree murder for the death of his roommate is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail complex on a $500,000 bond, authorities said.
On Monday, June 10, police arrested 35-year-old James Lindsey after responding to a 911 call involving a physical altercation between Mr. Lindsey and one of his roommates, 27-year-old Christopher Earl.
Authorities said Mr. Earl's girlfriend, whose name was not released, reported the fight. Police said she also lives at the home, along with Mr. Lindsey's girlfriend.
According to the investigation, the two men had been drinking alcohol. At some point in the evening, authorities said Mr. Lindsey became agitated with the victim for "unknown reasons," which led to Mr. Earl approaching Mr. Lindsey and "touching his knees." Authorities said Mr. Lindsey then attacked Mr. Earl.
"It appears the suspect became annoyed with the victim and just took it way too far," said Detective Virginia Kilmer of the Palm Bay Police Department in a press release. "The victim's girlfriend tried to stop the fight, but was unable to do so."
When the victim became unconscious, authorities said Mr. Earl's girlfriend called for help. Earl was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene, according to the report. Mr. Earl was than transported to the Palm Bay Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The report also indicated that there were children in the home at the time of the altercation.
Yvonne Martinez, public information officer for the Palm Bay Police Department, said no weapons were used during the altercation, and this incident marks the third homicide this year for the city of Palm Bay.