‘You’re going to dig your grave:’ Rockledge man with shovel accused of trying to kill girlfriend

Charles Earwood accused of 2nd-degree attempted murder

Charles Earwood is accused of attempting to kill his girlfriend in Rockledge. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A Rockledge man is accused of violently attacking and trying to kill his girlfriend, telling her that she was going to dig her own grave.

Rockledge police said Charles Earwood, 46, arrived at the homeless camp he shared with the victim near Dr. Joe Lee Smith Drive on Tuesday with a shovel covered with a plastic bag.

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The victim told police at first he seemed sober and fine, but then he drank several beers and began shouting expletives at her and accused her of having a boyfriend. Police say he then told the victim, “You’re going to dig your grave, that’s what the shovel is for.”

Police say the victim said Earwood then attacked her, threw empty beer cans at her, tried to get her to fight him and then tried to strangle her several times to the point where she briefly lost consciousness. The victim said Earwood let go when he was distracted by a noise and she was able to regain composure enough to flee the area, get to a convenience store and call a friend, according to police.

Earwood was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree attempted murder, along with felony domestic battery by strangulation.