Fight between roommates ends in death, Palm Bay police say

Man held on $500K bond for 2nd degree murder charges

Author: Elissa DeCampli, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: Jun 11 2013 11:12:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 03:10:26 PM EDT
PALM BAY, Fla. -

A Palm Bay man is being held on $500,000 bond after police say he killed his roommate.

A fight broke out late at night on Monday between James Lindsey, 35 and his roommate Christopher Earl, 27.

The two men had been under the influence of alcohol when the altercation occurred, police said. Their girlfriends and children were also in the house when it took place.

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

After the victim’s girlfriend’s unsuccessful attempt to break up the fight, she called 911 when she realized her boyfriend was not conscious.

When the paramedics arrived, Earl was not breathing. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Lindsey is charged with 2nd degree murder and will face a judge on Tuesday at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes.