The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach man with attempted murder, one day after he was served with a temporary injunction for protection against domestic violence by the victim.
Deputies were called to 244 Kathy Court in Mary Esther around 6 a.m.
this morning for a battery in progress. They found 58-year old Mary Strange of that address inside on the couch, with blood on her face and head.
One of her children says he had found her on the ground near a car and saw her boyfriend, 46-year old Arnold Jerome Knight, standing nearby with a dark metal object in his hand.
Strange was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola by medical
helicopter for treatment of her injuries.
The previous day, September 25th, Arnold had been served with a
Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence which
stated he was to have no contact with Strange.
During a search near the crime scene Wednesday morning, deputies found a 12 to 16 inch steel pipe in a drainage ditch. It was tested and showed a positive presumptive test for the presence of blood.