GRINNELL, Iowa -- A Grinnell man has been charged with attempted murder for the second time in two years. His ex-wife says she’s afraid it’s just a matter of time before he kills her.
"Yes. Absolutely. No doubt in my mind," says Beate Burnell.
Her ex, Larry Burnell, was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder after police say he brutally beat a neighbor with a stick. This is the second time Larry Burnell has been charged with attempted murder in the past two years.
In 2012, he ran down his ex-wife's boyfriend, Craig Metz. "He came up over curb across the sidewalk and hit me with his truck. And I held on to it...on to the hood to keep from getting sucked underneath it. And then he sped off, I rolled off the truck on to the ground. There was witnesses that said that they saw me fly almost 20-feet in the air," Metz said.
Metz says Burnell was offered a plea deal and spent less that two years in prison. Police say Burnell attacked his neighbor Saturday, causing severe head injuries.