Fort Walton Beach Man Charged With Attempted Murder

46 year old Arnold Jerome Knight was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with attempted murder after Okaloosa County Deputies responded to a battery in progress.

Once on scene, deputies found 58 year old Mary Strange inside a residence located on Kathy Court in Mary Esther, 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, 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.

Arnold had been served with a temporary injunction for protection against domestic violence on Tuesday that 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.

The condition of Strange is unknown at this time.

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